Dallas QB Romo to miss 6-8 weeks

IRVING, Texas — Tony Romo doesn't need surgery on his broken left collarbone, just time for it to heal.

He may have all the way until the spring minicamp.

Romo is expected to miss between six and eight weeks, which could be an eternity for the 1-5 Dallas Cowboys. If their playoff hopes aren't already squelched, they likely will be by the time their Pro Bowl quarterback is healthy again.

"We're not going to stop right now and give up or quit or whine or even make excuses," coach Wade Phillips said Tuesday. "You've just got to go forward. That's what we have to do. I think our guys will band together."

Dallas opened training camp being hyped as favorites to reach the Super Bowl. The Cowboys already were on the brink of being left behind when Romo threw a pass early in the second quarter, then took a hard — but clean — hit from New York Giants linebacker Michael Boley.

Boley drove Romo into the ground on his left shoulder, leaving him flat on his back. Boley heard Romo "let out a little scream" and the quarterback had trouble breathing and regaining his senses. X-rays taken immediately showed the fracture and further tests Tuesday, including a CT scan, confirmed the initial diagnosis.

Troy Aikman had the same injury in 1998 and missed seven weeks. Even at the best-case scenario of six weeks, it's hard to imagine the Cowboys being contenders by then. Base that on how they've played so far as well as who they have coming up: four clubs with winning records (Packers, Giants again, Saints and Colts) and a pair of downtrodden clubs that would love kicking someone else when they are down, especially when that team is the Cowboys (Jaguars on Sunday, Lions).

This season is such a disaster that 2010 already is connected to two of the worst teams in club history: 1989 (1-15 in the first year of Jerry Jones' ownership) and 1960 (0-11-1 in franchise's inaugural year).

The Cowboys probably won't go looking for another quarterback because they already have millions of dollars and 11/2; seasons invested in Jon Kitna and his backup, Stephen McGee, a fourth-round pick from Texas A&M in 2009.


Cornerback Adam "Pacman" Jones will miss the rest of his comeback season with the Cincinnati Bengals because of a neck injury that might require surgery.

The Bengals placed Jones on injured reserve Tuesday with a herniated disk in his neck. Jones was injured late in a 39-32 loss to Atlanta on Sunday. He was examined by a doctor who indicated that surgery was needed, agent Tom Hunter told The Associated Press.

Jones will see other specialists before deciding whether to have surgery, Hunter said.

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