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nojobny
10-13-2008, 03:34 PM
Monday, October 13, 2008
Romo 'down' after suffering broken pinkie in Cowboys' OT loss

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ESPN.com news services

IRVING, Texas -- Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo has a broken finger on his throwing hand and could be out for up to four weeks.

Romo, who had started 30 straight regular-season games since replacing Drew Bledsoe in 2006, broke his right pinkie on the first play of overtime in a 30-24 loss at Arizona on Sunday.

"We don't know how long he'll be out. It depends on how fast that heals," coach Wade Phillips said Monday. "I'd say week to week, depending on quickly he heals. Different people heal differently."


The injury, which Phillips said won't require surgery, leaves the Cowboys (4-2) with 40-year-old Brad Johnson as the starter. Johnson, who won a Super Bowl with Tampa Bay, hasn't started a game since 2006 in Minnesota.


The Cowboys had no plans Monday to sign a veteran quarterback or trade for one before Tuesday's trade deadline, a team source told ESPN's Michael Smith.


Romo missed on three straight passes to start the overtime, having passed for 321 yards and three touchdowns despite heavy pressure. He was sacked three times and knocked down 19 times.

"Obviously, he had trouble throwing the ball that last series in overtime," Phillips said.

Romo, whose hand was heavily wrapped after the game, fumbled three times Sunday, losing one, but didn't throw an interception for the first time in the last nine games.


The Cowboys quarterback was feeling "down" about the injury, a source close to Romo who had spoken with him Monday told ESPN's Ed Werder, though he likely will miss only three games, with the Cowboys' bye week coming four weeks from this past Sunday.


The Cowboys travel to St. Louis to play the Rams this Sunday before hosting the Buccaneers and playing the Giants at the Meadowlands.

Romo and agent Ken Kremer were in the process Monday of determining whether they will seek a second opinion from a specialist.

Neither Romo nor Johnson was in the locker room Monday when it was open to reporters.

When linebacker Greg Ellis was told about Romo's broken finger, he got a somewhat stunned looked on his face and exclaimed, "Wow!"

Linebacker Bradie James said the players will have to rally around each other.

"We've got to play relentless football now without our signal caller, our leader, our captain on the offensive side," James said. "That's the thing about a season; you never know what can happen. You hope you are playing some real good ball when things go down, so here we are and now we've got to make some adjustments and move on."

Receiver Terrell Owens refused comment, getting agitated when he saw cameras recording him.

"Today is not Wednesday," he said, referring to the day he routinely talks to reporters.

Through Sunday's games, Romo ranked second in NFC passing with a 103.5 rating. He has thrown for 14 touchdowns and been intercepted five times. He had his team-record 14th career 300-yard passing game Sunday in his 32nd start. That broke a tie with Troy Aikman, whose 13 were accomplished in 165 starts.

In 2007, his first full season as a starter, Romo led the Cowboys to a 13-3 record, best in the NFC. He set team records with 335 completions for 4,211 yards and 36 touchdowns, including the team-record 15 receiving by Owens, in a season that ended with a loss to the Giants in the first round of the playoffs.


Johnson quarterbacked the Buccaneers to the NFL championship in 2002. He has been Romo's backup since last season and threw only 11 passes in 2007.


Johnson, in his second year as Cowboys backup, has only seen brief mop-up duty in Dallas, going 7-for-11 for 79 yards. Before coming to Dallas, Johnson started 122 of his 145 career games with Minnesota (1993-98, 2005-06), Washington (1999-2000) and Tampa Bay (2001-04).

Johnson has completed 2,627 of 4,248 career passes (61.8 percent) for 28,627 yards with 164 touchdowns and 117 interceptions. He passed for 2,750 yards in 2006 with nine TDs and 15 interceptions -- only the third time in his career with more interceptions than TDs.

"It's going to be Brad to go in there and prove that he's not just here for the ride, he's part of this thing," Ellis said. "Every opportunity I've seen Brad step in on other teams, he's able to hold it down and get it done."

Another former Viking, Brooks Bollinger, will be Johnson's backup.

The Cowboys will also be without receiver Sam Hurd, who will undergo surgery for a high ankle sprain and miss the rest of the season.

Hurd, who hadn't caught a pass this season after first injuring the ankle in the Cowboys' final preseason game, had 314 yards on 19 receptions in 2007.

The Cowboys were awaiting MRI results Monday for backup running back Felix Jones, who suffered a strained hamstring Sunday.

Punter Mat McBriar, who was carted off the field after his kick was blocked on the game's final play, also was having an MRI.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/news/story?id=3640890

RoethlisBURGHer
10-13-2008, 04:05 PM
Didn't Ben play the 2005 Super Bowl winning season with a broken thumb?

Tony Homo is a fricken pansy.

The Duke
10-13-2008, 04:11 PM
no romo, no brady- this is awful!! :coffee:

you better get healthy romo, you got a date with the steelers D is about two months. :tt02:

a broken pinkie will be the least of his worries by then

steelpride12
10-13-2008, 04:15 PM
PINKIE!!!
My goodness the Steeler defense is going to rip every limb off of his body. He is a big baby and i can't wait to watch our defense make him cry.

revefsreleets
10-13-2008, 05:47 PM
Like an IDIOT I sat Favre the week he scored 50 fantasy points and played Romo (who did okay, but it wasn't anything approaching Brett's numbers). So this week I figured "What the eff? I'll play Favre since the Jets are playing the worst team in the NFL (Bungals). Romo scored 21, and Favre lit up the fantasy boards with an effing zero. A ZERO! So instead of being up 42 points facing a guy who only has Brandon Jacobs tonight, I'm up 11, and will almsot certainly lose.

And I'm STUCK wit Favre for the next 6 weeks now. Maybe I should go pick up Brady Quinn?

touchdownward
10-13-2008, 08:57 PM
There has already been been complaints out of Dallas about TO not getting the ball enough (by TO of course). A 40 year old journeyman will be chunkin' the ball.

I smell a firestorm a-brewin' in big D. :chuckle:

revefsreleets
10-13-2008, 09:03 PM
Duck Fallas!

43Hitman
10-13-2008, 09:14 PM
Sallas Duck!

steelwall
10-13-2008, 09:21 PM
I hate the cowgirls but Fago was my starting FF QB. What a punk out 4 weeks with a broken finger???? Hell I've broken at least 5 fingers in my life, they heal fast.

MACH1
10-13-2008, 09:35 PM
Like an IDIOT I sat Favre the week he scored 50 fantasy points and played Romo (who did okay, but it wasn't anything approaching Brett's numbers). So this week I figured "What the eff? I'll play Favre since the Jets are playing the worst team in the NFL (Bungals). Romo scored 21, and Favre lit up the fantasy boards with an effing zero. A ZERO! So instead of being up 42 points facing a guy who only has Brandon Jacobs tonight, I'm up 11, and will almsot certainly lose.

And I'm STUCK wit Favre for the next 6 weeks now. Maybe I should go pick up Brady Quinn?

Bet you can pick up Brad Johnson on the cheap. :chuckle: