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Source: Romo 'done for season' with latest injury


Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo’s return from a broken collarbone lasted less than two games.

While X-rays on Romo’s injured left collarbone were inconclusive and the Cowboys have planned more tests for Friday, the quarterback is “done for the season,” a source close to Romo told ESPN’s Ed Werder.

Romo was injured on the final play of the third quarter during Dallas’ 33-14 loss Thursday when he was sacked by Carolina Panthers linebacker Thomas Davis.

The Cowboys quarterback had missed seven games after a Week 2 win over the Philadelphia Eagles when linebacker Jordan Hicks landed on Romo after an incomplete pass and broke his collarbone. After Thursday’s game, Romo said the sensation was similar to what he felt when he was injured against the Eagles.

Davis landed on Romo on this sack, jamming the quarterback’s left shoulder into the turf.

After getting treated by the Cowboys medical staff, Romo went straight to the locker room for further examination. He was holding his left arm close to his side as he walked off the field.

Coach Jason Garrett wouldn’t rule out Romo returning this season and said he would play if he was cleared even with the Cowboys unlikely to make a return trip to the playoffs.

Romo did not have surgery after his Week 2 injury and returned to action last week against the Miami Dolphins.

His Thanksgiving could not have been worse. Romo was intercepted three times in the first half and had two of them returned for touchdowns by Kurt Coleman and Luke Kuechly. It is the fourth time in his career Romo has had two interceptions returned for touchdowns in a game.

Romo missed the final 10 games of the 2010 season because of a broken left collarbone suffered on a hit by New York Giants linebacker Michael Boley.

Matt Cassel replaced Romo on Thursday. The Cowboys released Brandon Weeden on Nov. 17 and have Kellen Moore and Jameill Showers on the practice squad.

Cassel and Weeden have combined to go 0-7 as Romo’s replacement this season. Since Romo’s first career start in 2006, the Cowboys are 78-49 when he starts and 6-16 when he doesn’t.

Romo was wearing extra protection under his shoulder pads Thursday. The team’s equipment and medical staffs sewed a hex-pad into an undershirt Romo wears.

When he returned last week, Romo acknowledged the possibility of a re-break despite being cleared.

“Honestly, I think every time you come back, there’s going to be a few weeks where you’re risking it,” Romo said. “That’s part of when you come back from a collarbone in seven, eight weeks or whatever. It’s just always the re-break ability is going to be there. It’s a real thing. It happens all the time in the NFL. But you have to go play. We don’t have much wiggle room.”

ESPN staff writer Todd Archer, ESPN Stats & Information and The Associated Press contributed to this report.



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