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QB Tony Romo - Dallas Cowboys

6-2, 219Born: 4-21-1980College: Eastern IllinoisDrafted: ---

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General News (Thu Feb 4): will undergo another CT scan at the end of February or in early March, at which point the best way to proceed will be reassessed. There will be two options for Romo. A plate could be attached over the collarbone to limit the potential for further injury. If the CT scan shows good enough bone growth, though, then a portion of the clavicle could be shaved off or removed. The second method would place less long-term stress on the collarbone. Romo is still expected to undergo surgery at a later time.

General News (Wed Feb 3): will be re-evaluated in four weeks before making a final decision on surgery to his left collarbone, according to sources. Romo had a CT scan a week ago on the collarbone, which showed good bone growth.

General News (Tue Feb 2): Cowboys offensive coordinator Scott Linehan said he doesn't expect any major changes in the offensive philosophy in 2016, and he added that he expects Tony Romo back and ready to go for the start of the season.

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Recent Game Summaries

2015 Week 12 vs CAR (11 / 21 / 106 / 0 / 3 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)

Romo's poor performance against Carolina's stout defense was cut short by his season-ending injury late in the third quarter. On a three-man rush, Romo was driven to the turf and broke his collarbone. At the time of injury, the game was essentially over as Dallas trailed 30-6. Romo was off-target frequently, overthrowing Dez Bryant on a deep route, and throwing three interceptions in the first half. Two of Romo's interceptions were returned for a touchdown, including on the Cowboys' opening drive of the game. In what was a lost season, Romo ended with more interceptions than touchdowns and multiple turnovers in three of his four games played. Romo will enter next season at 36 years old with a checkered injury history.

2015 Week 11 vs MIA (18 / 28 / 227 / 2 / 2 pass, 2 / 2 / 0 rush)

The rust was present for Tony Romo in his first start since returning from injury. In Miami, Romo had to deal with heavy rain to open the game, shifting to bright sunshine later in the first half. Romo missed more routine throws than executed tight window completions, but boosted a previously anemic passing game headed by Brandon Weeden and Matt Cassel. Romo squandered an easy red zone trip, sustaining pocket pressure resulting in a floating interception over the middle. The same sequence of events occurred when targeting Robert Turbin under duress later in the game - another loss of at least a field goal attempt. Romo's highlight plays were enough against the struggling Miami offense. Romo spun away from pressure, finding Devin Street on a deep out route. Later, Romo finished a touchdown drive with accurate throws to Terrance Williams on an in-cut plus a deep sideline route for a 14-0 lead before halftime. With a much stiffer test against Carolina next week, Romo will need to round into form quickly for Dallas to remain in the divisional playoff race.

2015 Week 2 vs PHI (18 / 27 / 195 / 0 / 0 pass, 1 / 12 / 0 rush)

The Cowboys offense moved the ball well with Tony Romo under center against Philadelphia. The offensive line protected Romo well early in the game. Penalties and stalling for field goals kept the game within reach as Dallas dominated with 23 minutes of time of possession in the first half. Romo moved the offense straight down the field on two occasions as Romo was accurate from the pocket. His highlight throw came on a deep sideline route to Lance Dunbar, perfectly thrown over the running back's outside shoulder. In the mid-third quarter, the Eagles' pocket pressure on Romo reached its climax, forcing a fumble and Romo sustaining a fractured left clavicle on the play. Early reports are Romo will miss a majority of the regular season as a result, a similar timeline to Dez Bryant returning from his foot surgery.

2015 Week 1 vs NYG (36 / 45 / 356 / 3 / 2 pass, 1 / -1 / 0 rush)

Romo was well protected throughout the season-opening tilt against the Giants. The Dallas offensive line stoned the depleted New York defensive line, at times allowing Romo five or more seconds to survey the field for secondary options. Romo was in game-manager mode, rarely venturing downfield with pass attempts. Instead, Romo stays ahead of the sticks and was on-target on underneath routes. The opening drive of the game, a 10-minute jaunt down to the Giants goal line, stalled as Romo uncharacteristically airmailed Dez Bryant on the third down jump ball. Despite Tony Romo's efforts to control the game and the clock, two Terrance Williams' drops plus a Cole Beasley fumble derailed Dallas' plans en route to a first half deficit. Romo's interception came on a tipped pass off Jason Witten's hands. Through all the errors, empty yards, and squandered drives, Romo had the ball with 89 seconds remaining down by six points. With no timeouts and Dez Bryant out of the lineup with a foot injury, Romo led the offense straight down the field, culminating in a stick touchdown throw to Jason Witten at the goal line for the ultimate game-winning touchdown. The short-range approach to the passing game is likely to continue with Dez Bryant out of the lineup.


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