News reports broke late on Monday afternoon suggesting Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo will miss the remainder of the season with a herniated disc that will require surgery. According to reports, the recovery time from surgery on this kind of injury is three to four months.
Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett has surprisingly not ruled out Romo for Sunday’s divisional showdown with the Philadelphia Eagles, and would only say that the quarterback will receive treatment and be evaluated on a daily basis.
Romo had apparently been dealing with a back issue for several weeks according to owner Jerry Jones (who we all know is the best source of information and insight), and the quarterback did have surgery to remove a cyst on his back in the offseason. The team does not believe there is any connection, but the league is currently investigating whether or not the Cowboys hid Romo’s back injury for the past few weeks.
Kyle Orton will start in place of Romo on Sunday. Orton, who has not started an NFL game since 2011, is the only other quarterback on the Cowboy’s roster. The ‘Boys will look to sign another QB, and will work out David Carr this week.
The Broncos are also dealing with a host of injury problems, including star pass rusher Von Miller, who tore his ACL in Sunday’s win over the Houston Texans. If there is any positive part of tearing an ACL (there really isn’t, but we’ll just try to offer something here), the good news for Miller is that the injury is isolated, which means a cleaner rehab and recovery process.
Broncos wide receiver Wes Welker still has not been cleared to practice after suffering his second concussion in four games. Reports indicate he will likely miss the final game of the regular season.
- Rams left tackle Jake Long has a torn ACL and MCL and will miss the rest of the season. Due to the MCL tear, Long’s surgery will be delayed at least four to six weeks. Rodger Saffold will fill in for Long at left tackle.
- Green Bay Packers linebacker Clay Matthews rebroke his thumb in Sunday’s loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers. The team has yet to announce whether the re-injury will cause Matthews to miss the rest of the season.
- Carolina Panthers wide receiver is highly doubtful to play next Sunday vs. Atlanta with a sprained PCL. The Panthers could earn a bye week with a win on Sunday, which would mean an extra week of rest for the recovering receiver.
- Terrelle Pryor will start at quarterback for the Oakland Raiders in the team’s season finale on Sunday. Prior has been sitting out for the past few weeks recovering from a sprained MCL in his right knee.
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