It was a long shot that Tony Romo could return from a broken collarbone and lead the 2-7 Dallas Cowboys to the playoffs.
The odds just got even longer.
Romo left Thursday’s game against the Carolina Panthers after injuring his left collarbone, the same one he broke earlier this season, on a sack from Thomas Davis on the last play of the third quarter.
After the game, Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett said the results of the X-rays were inconclusive. Romo will undergo further tests on Friday, but the feeling is that it’s broken.
From ESPN’s Ed Werder:
Tony Romo at podium with left arm in sling: "It feels similar" to fracture he suffered in Philly that cost him 8 weeks on IR
— Ed Werder (@Edwerderespn) November 27, 2015
It wasn’t going all that well before the injury anyway. Romo was intercepted three times, including two that were returned for touchdowns. Kurt Coleman took the first interception back, followed by linebacker Luke Kuechly. Kuechly then intercepted the very next Romo pass, which turned into a field goal for the Panthers.
Carolina moved to 11-0 with a 33-14 win.
The Cowboys will turn back to Matt Cassel, who relieved Romo on Thursday. Cassel was 13-19 for 93 yards and a touchdown.
The Cowboys traded for Cassel, who eventually replaced Brandon Weeden at Romo’s replacement. Weeden was eventually released. Kellen Moore is also on the Cowboys’ roster.
Dallas is now 3-8 on the year and still in last place in the NFC East. The Giants (5-5) are in first.