Source: Tony Romo to miss 6-10 weeks with broken bone in back


If that hit on quarterback Tony Romo’s back looked bad, there’s a good reason for it. It was bad.

Per a source with knowledge of the situation, Romo is expected to miss 6-10 weeks with a broken bone in his back. The team will be announcing the injury; it’s unclear whether the team will put a duration on the absence.

It means that those Cowboys fans who had been clamoring for the Dak Prescott era to begin sooner than later will be getting their wish. For better or worse.

For Romo, the best-case scenario based on the initial estimate means he’d be back by Week Five at the earliest, for a game against the Bengals. Under the worst case, he’d be back in for Week Nine, versus the Browns. Dallas has a Week Seven bye.

Meanwhile, it may be time to reconsider your vote from Friday’s PFT Planet poll question.

107 responses to “Source: Tony Romo to miss 6-10 weeks with broken bone in back

  1. Damn. Poor guy. Must be awful to devote your life to being a professional athlete and then reach the point where your body just starts letting you down.

  2. OMG. This is like a Cowboys worst nightmare come true. I don’t like to see anyone get hurt. Hate to say it to cowboy fans but you guys have to put Romo out to pasture. Know that will bring thumbs down but man, the writing is in the wall folks.

  3. Time to hang it up Tone. The new kid with a name that sounds like a Star Wars character looks like he might be a real NFL qb anyway, so it’s time for the team to move on.

  4. I knew it. You don’t have that reaction and something not be wrong. I saw a headline asking how many games Romo would play this year… and i was thinking 3 or 4. Injuries only increase at his age in the NFL.

  5. Well, I still have an outside shot with him playing 4 – 7 games. But at that point, would it really be worth it for him and the Cowboys going forward? Clearly he is no longer capable of withstanding the physical demands of the game.

    Then again, Cowboy fans will begin with the “when Romo comes back, we’ll blah, blah, blah”!

  6. Tony it is time to hang it up, you are still a young man and if you keep playing you are going to end up in a Wheelchair. It isn’t like the Boys are going anywhere in the Playoffs with the Panthers/Cards/Vikings/Packers/and Seahawks
    to beat.

  7. This guy is and was a warrior, but at 36 that will get you a lifetime disability,nothing left to prove and this writer a eagle fan

  8. Sorry Cowboy fans, Dak is NOT ready. He has been playing 2-3rd string players and vanilla defenses. Dallas in in for a loooonnnngggggg year

  9. Oh boy. We’re going to see that Rocky Road in the regular season is a whole lot different from the flavor sampler you get in the preseason for Prescott.

  10. I think the best case scenario is getting out of the league able to walk. It’ll be a bonus if he can spend the rest of his life not requiring pain killers, but that is unfortunately a bit optimistic I fear.

  11. There’s no Para Olympics football team Tony. Enough is enough. No shame in hanging up the cleats now. You did more than anyone thought you could. That has to be enough.

  12. The Six Million Dollar Man was made out of titanium. Tony Romo (100+ Million) is made from balsa wood.

  13. What is happening to America’s Team? Their GM certainly will now have to acquire either Tim Tebow or Johnny Football to stay competitive.

  14. This is what happens when you put all your eggs in the basket of a 36 year old Brittle Qb and it Doesn’t matter, 1 ,2 or 10 weeks, he will come back and just get hurt again…
    this is on J Jones, “Romo can play another 5 years”, Yea, Right!!!
    You were sitting there with the 4th pick in the draft and didn’t get a tier 1 Qb!? Shame on the whole Jones family, giving Romo 120mil at age 36 and then not getting a 1st rnd Qb after seeing all of Romo’s recent injuries. Decision making like that gets you Zero, like in zero Super Bowls in the last 20 years..
    Lets here from all you fans now, who were against getting a Qb in rnd 1, when we had the chance…
    I wish Dak the best, but once they start game planning for him, I don’t think it will be so easy for him!! Put a fork in Romo!!!

  15. lukedunphysscienceproject says:
    Aug 27, 2016 3:13 PM
    As of 3pm EST, every news outlet I can find other than this is saying Romo is day to day and has not been ruled out for the opener.

    You better go back and double check with your “source”

    OK- Everyone is reporting the 6-10 now. My bad.

    Guess we get to find out sooner rather than later how good Dak Prescott is when teams actually game plan against him.

  16. I can totally understand a warrior thinking he can keep coming back out and doing this to himself. I would consider this the second time it was obvious now Romo cannot survive this game.

    Jerry Jones has much less of an excuse for continuing to pay Tony Romo for a job he is clearly unfit to play.

  17. Your champions tour golf career was on the line 2 years ago.

    Future life without pain etc was on the line last year.

    Your life is on the line now.

    I am a NY Giants fan but Romo will always be the undrafted guy who made everyone but Parcells wrong.

    Time to spend the year on IR (you should get paid for the pain for one more year) and retire in the off season.

  18. Romo is a good dude , too bad he’s the real life version of the movie “Unbreakable”. The guy could break his back while sleeping on a firm bed .

  19. Dear Tony,

    Quit while you can still walk.

    I can guarantee you that the teams you will play will place a target on your back and you will never play football again.

  20. Couldn’t decide whether to go with “boy, that escalated quickly” or “they call him Mr. Glass”. I guess its a pick’em, both work…

  21. Actually feel bad for Romo. This is karma, though, for all the losers this team has brought in the last few years.

  22. With a compression fracture in the back, the guy is most certainly going to need epidurals to even get onto the field. Give it up already, Romo. This is ur swan song for sure.

  23. Yikes, Romo is in a no-win situation. Let’s say he misses eight games. As fragile as Romo is does he get the start if they are 1-7 or 2-6 and the season is already over? I doubt it; might as well let Dak develope; I doubt he’ll be getting hammered behind that online. What if they are 4-4? In that case I think they would might start Romo unless Dak is showing a solid learning curve. But if they are like 6-2 I think Dak continues to be the starter as they transition away from Romo.

    So honestly the only way I see Romo getting the starting job back is if when he comes back the Cowbays are around .500 AND Dak is inconsistent versus showing improvement every week.

  24. For all of those saying it’s karma, I don’t think it is. I think it’s from all of those years of having to do to much to carry the team.

    He needs to retire but i bet JJ puts him back in and he’s hurt again. I hope Dak lives up to the preseason hype but he’s still a rookie and very few rookies have good seasons at QB when having to start the season.

  25. I’m ready for Dak to take over, can’t keep doing this year In and year out. Tony no longer has the prolonged fastball, maybe time to hit the bullpen and take a back up role.

  26. I can’t stand the Cowboys but I feel bad for Romo. He has already proven he’s tough and can play through injuries. The problem is when they start piling up like they have the last several years, it’s only going to get worse. He really needs to consider retiring for health reasons or else by the time he does retire, he won’t be able to do anything. Back injuries are no joke and unlike wine, they don’t get better with age. It’s not like he has anything left to prove. He’s already beaten the odds by going from an undrafted QB to a starter for many years. I fear that if he continues to play, and get injured, his quality of life after football will be lousy. Maybe his wife can talk some sense into him. I doubt they need the money anymore.

    However, I just saw on ESPN that he is not contemplating retirement. Sounds to me like he’ll keep playing until he can no longer move–dumb move.

  27. Its so funny that Pats fans can’t wait to trade Jimmy G for a draft pick. Who plays when Tommy goes down? You do remember that he’s pushing 40, don’t you?????

  28. Love him or hate him or anything in between … Romo is one of the toughest SOBs out there.

    But good god retire before you’re crippled.

  29. It’s time for Dallas to call the Browns and offer a conditional 3rd for McCown. You get a good mentor and a guy who can step into any offense and do well. McCown is not why the Browns lost games last year. The Browns can then have 15 picks (not exaggerating) to help with their rebuild.

  30. It is so sad to see a quarter back that had so much potential and talent not to finish his career better than this. Please Tony Romo do not let the pressure from anyone force you to play anymore retire before a wheel chair is your future. If management and coaching would have done their jobs you could have possibly won a couple of superbowls, but that is in the past. Retire, heal and enjoy your health.

  31. Honestly Romo should’ve been gone after RG3 beat Dallas on one leg in week 17 of the 2012 season. The 12-4 season in 2014 bought him more time but other than that he’s been on the downslide for a while now. I appreciate what Romo has done in Dallas and I will always be a fan of his, but it’s time to move on.

  32. Tony Romo is one tough dude, and like Philip Rivers, if he had a team around him and competent management then who knows how many Super Bowls he would of won.

    He just needs to look at Joe Namath when he’s debating on retiring. Namath played with no legs and his play fell off to the point where people who never watched him take a snap really believe he shouldn’t of been elected into the HOF. And the fact that Namath is basically crippled now.

    Save your health and career before it’s too late Romo!

  33. Thanks, dirty late-hitting Seahawks! You’ve spoiled another season for fans of another team.

    I know which team I’ll be rooting against this year.

  34. So how drunk is Jerrah now? If I’m him and had given all that money to Tony (sound of shattering glass) Romo, I think I’d be blind drunk. Too bad he can’t fire the GM for telling the owner he’s worth the money.

  35. varangia says:
    Aug 27, 2016 6:04 PM
    I wonder why more of these fragile QBs don’t wear a huge pad around their body like Cam Newton.


    That’s not a pad……that’s Cam’s ego…..

  36. draculalambert says:

    Cross off Dallas for a championship. They will not make it now. No chance

    Who had them on the list, anyway?

  37. dohczeppelin says:
    Aug 27, 2016 2:54 PM
    Damn. Poor guy. Must be awful to devote your life to being a professional athlete and then reach the point where your body just starts letting you down.

    Poor guy? It sucks that the guy got hurt but I’m not gonna say poor guy for a player who got 10+ healthy years as an nfl player, when other guys don’t even get two. You know who I pity? The 35 year old contractor who can’t work anymore because his back his shot. Not someone who is almost 40 and still wants to be an nfl qb.

  38. Not a fan of the Cowboys but I do think very highly of Romo. Sad to see this, the guy should have had the chance to go to the big game at least once.

  39. I am always amazed at Boys’ fans. You thought a healthy 36 year old Romo was going to lead you to the promised land this year? Not even a slightly better than average QB can save this organization from itself. Most overrated sports franchise in history?

  40. Romo is leading Dallas QB, with most career passing yards. If you check the stats, ‘girls only had “three one and done ” seasons, since their last Superbowl win in 1995. Most of the time they are 8-8. America’s team is just an urban legend?

  41. Better off rolling with Dak even if it just serves to let you know you need to draft another QB. I like Dal though, he looks like Russell Wilson did in the beginning. Can make throws from the pocket but has the ability to extend plays and find an open guy. Not a Cowboys fan but if I were I would be happy to be moving on to the future.

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