Tony Romo's collarbone injury sends the Dallas Cowboys odds into a tailspin.
When Tony Romo first fell to the turf at Lincoln Financial Field in the third quarter against the Dallas Cowboys' Week 2 tilt against the Philadelphia Eagles, he already knew that he had broken his left collarbone.
After all, he felt exactly the same way he had felt back in 2010, when he broke the same bone against the New York Giants at AT&T Stadium.
This time, Romo broke it as the Cowboys would hold on for a 20-10 victory over the Philadelphia Eagles. Preliminary signs point to an absence of between eight and 10 weeks. He is supposed to have more tests back in Dallas on Monday, including a CT scan, to help decide whether surgery is necessary on the basis of damage to the muscle inside the shoulder.
The injury took place on a sack by Jordan Hicks with 9:44 remaining in the quarter. As Romo told ESPN after the game, “I felt it. It had a little bit of a pop to it. Obviously, I've felt it before. Your body goes into a little bit of shock and you just have to wait it out for a second to come back.”
An eight-week absence would leave Romo out until the team's November 15 game against Tampa Bay. A ten-week absence could either see him return on Thanksgiving Day against Carolina or on December 7 against Washington. The Cowboys might put him on their injured reserve/designated to return list, which would mean he has to miss a minimum of eight weeks.
The Cowboys just lost another offensive star, as wide receiver Dez Bryant broke his foot in the team's Week 1 win over the New York Giants. He was set to miss at least four weeks but might end up missing more time.
So now the Cowboys turn to backup Brandon Weeden to run the offense in Romo's absence. He did a nice job filling in against the Eagles, going 7 for 7 for 73 yards, including a 42-yard slant to Terrance Williams to put a touchdown on the board and create some distance (the score at the time was 13-3) from the Eagles, who struggled all day offensively. Last year, Weeden started the Cowboys' game against Arizona when Romo went down with fractures in his back.
The sports books are already shifting their lines for the Cowboys. Next week, Dallas hosts Atlanta and were 4.5 point favorites. Now they are listed as a pick 'em game. The Cowboys had been widely projected as 8-1 odds to win Super Bowl 50, but early signs show that moving to 10-1. Visit MyBookie to get the latest NFL odds.
The fact that they already have two division wins in two weeks gives them significant road toward tiebreakers later on in the season, or the lines might have moved even further for Super Bowl contention.
The Cowboys' offense also has a third ailing star in tight end Jason Witten. He has a sprained knee and two sprained ankles. However, he has already come out and said he won't miss any time. As he told ESPN, “Just typical football. Sometimes these things happen.” That should mean that Weeden will have one of Romo's most reliable targets there to help him.