Tony Romo is out for the season after aggravating his clavicle injury, Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones confirmed Friday morning.
Jones told a Dallas radio station that Romo sustained a hairline fracture of his left clavicle in Thursday’s loss to the Carolina Panthers. The injury isn’t as severe as the broken clavicle he sustained in Week 3, and will not require surgery, but is bad enough to cause him to miss the final five games of the regular season.
Romo’s injuries have destroyed what started out as a promising season. The Cowboys began the year with a last-second win over the New York Giants, then moved to 2-0 with a victory over the Philadelphia Eagles. Romo, though, broke his clavicle in the Week 3 loss to the Atlanta Falcons, and the Cowboys didn’t win again until he returned in a 24-14 win over the Miami Dolphins on Nov. 22.
Brandon Weeden replaced Romo, but lost his three starts despite completing 72.4 percent of his passes at 10.4 yards a completion. He threw two touchdowns and two interceptions in losses to the New Orleans Saints, New England Patriots, and Giants.
In retrospect, those weren’t bad numbers, but Jason Garrett switched to Matt Cassel in Week 8, only to see the Cowboys lose four more games. Cassel wasn’t any more effective than Weeden, but he’ll get the job down the stretch, since Weeden has since been released.
Romo is expected to be 100 percent healthy long before training camp in 2016, but the Cowboys will need to find a new backup quarterback to avoid ending up in this position again.