Tony Romo described himself as feeling “fine” after leaving Thursday’s game against the Seattle Seahawks after taking a hit to the back. But an MRI revealed that Romo sustained more damage to his back than anticipated.
The veteran quarterback sustained a broken bone in his back, coach Jason Garrett announced Saturday afternoon. There is no timetable for Romo’s return, but the Cowboys expect Romo to play this season. Garrett also wasn’t willing to rule Romo out for the season opener.
Jason Garrett: Tony Romo had an MRI on Friday, and he has a broken bone in his back.
— David Helman (@HelmanDC) August 27, 2016
A source told The Dallas Morning News’ Jon Machota that Romo could be out six-to-10 weeks. ESPN’s Todd Archer reports Romo sustained a compression fracture of his L1 vertebrae. The Fort Worth Star-Telegram’s Clarence Hill Jr., reports the Cowboys are hoping Romo can return after the team’s bye week, Oct. 30 against the Philadelphia Eagles.
Romo left Thursday’s game after taking a hit from Seattle Seahawks defensive end Cliff Avril on the third play of the game. He had finally gotten healthy after missing most of the 2015 season with a pair of collarbone injuries. At 36 years old, Romo’s durability has become an enormous question.
The only glimmer of hope for the Cowboys is that backup quarterback Dak Prescott has played tremendously throughout the preseason. Prescott played admirably as Dallas’ starter in the first two games of the preseason. Prescott has completed 39-of-50 passes for 454 yards and five touchdowns during the preseason. But he and Jameill Showers are the only healthy quarterbacks left on the depth chart.
Dallas also lost presumptive backup Kellen Moore for the season after breaking his right ankle at the beginning of training camp.