Tony Romo’s comeback from a broken collarbone only lasted for less than two games. The Dallas Cowboys quarterback missed seven games earlier this season with the same injury to his left clavicle.
Romo, 35, was injured on the final play of the third quarter during his team’s 33-14 loss to Carolina Panthers on Thanksgiving Day. After being sacked by Panthers linebacker Thomas Davis, Romo immediately clutched at his left collarbone while resting on his back (watch video above).
As team medical officials rushed Romo back to the locker room, it was evident that his injury was season-ending. Though initial X-Rays were inconclusive, a source close to Romo told ESPN that the quarterback was “done for the season.”
Romo had missed seven games after a Week 2 win over the Philadelphia Eagles in which Jordan Hicks awkwardly landed on the veteran quarterback after an incomplete pass. After Thursday’s game, Romo had the same sinking feeling. “You can hear something happen. You’re just disappointed, frustrated,” an exasperated Romo said after the game.
Romo conceded that his Thanksgiving was ruined. “I’m just very disappointed in not giving our team a chance to win today,” Romo said after his team suffered an embarrassing defeat. “They depend on me to go out there and perform at a certain level, and when I let them down, let our team down, our coaches, our fan base, everybody. That’s what I did today, and I have to live with that.”
Jason Garrett, the Cowboys coach, downplayed the theory that he rushed Romo back from the last injury. “We wouldn’t let Tony play if he wasn’t ready to play physically. There’s no evidence that we brought him back too soon.”
However, Romo had embraced the possibility of re-breaking the collarbone. “Honestly, I think every time you come back, there’s going to be a few weeks where you’re risking it. That’s part of when you come back from a collarbone in seven, eight weeks or whatever. It’s just always the re-break ability is going to be there. It’s a real thing,” admitted Romo.
With Romo ruled out of the season, the 3-8 Dallas Cowboys are effectively out of the playoff race.