The news couldn’t be worse for the Cowboys, a team that was hoping for optimal health in 2016 is already feeling the sting today after another injury to their franchise quarterback.
That QB of course is Tony Romo, as today head coach Jason Garrett announced that Romo had an MRI taken of his back, and the thrower will miss anywhere from 8 to 10 weeks.
Romo was injured on just the third play of Dallas’ third preseason game on Thursday night. While Romo is set to 8 to 10 weeks, for some odd reason Garrett did not rule Romo out for the Cowboys’ Week 1 game against the New York Giants.
This isn’t the first major injury for Romo, as he had back surgery in April 2013 to remove a cyst. The team described the surgery as minor at the time, but he wound up missing all of training camp and OTAs.
Later that season, Romo exited a game against Washington with a back injury before returning and leading the team on a game-winning scoring drive. He was subsequently diagnosed with a season-ending herniated disc in his back. He had surgery in December of 2013.
In 2014 Romo again was hurt, as he sustained a back injury during a game against the rival Redskins, an injury that was revealed to be a fracture of two transverse processes in his back.
Despite the injury, he played the rest of the season with it, and then in 2015 the injury bug hit Romo again, this time it was a broken collar bone that set him down for 12 of the 16 regular season games.
With Romo on the shelf, the team is likely going to look again for a possible deal for a backup QB with rookie Dak Prescott being the starter.
Prescott has been sensational this preseason, leading the NFL in completion percentage (78 percent), passing yards (454), passing touchdowns (5) and quarterback rating (137.8).
Maybe the injury to Romo will be a blessing in disguise, but in the end, only time will tell. There’s plenty of Cowboys and NFL tickets remaining for the opener against the Giants on opening day, a game that will be even more interesting if Prescott, who has had a great summer, is under center and not Romo or another Cowboys QB.