Tony Romo’s future this season is already in jeopardy after the veteran quarterback suffered a broken vertebra in his back during Thursday’s preseason matchup against the Seattle Seahawks.
Tony Romo Injures Back, Out at Least Six Weeks
Romo suffered the injury when he attempted to scramble on the third play from scrimmage. Seattle defensive end Cliff Avril dragged him down hard from behind, and Romo stayed down, grabbing his back before eventually walking off the field. The injury came amid rookie running back Ezekiel Elliott’s debut. Elliott, the fourth overall pick in the 2016 Draft, hoped to alleviate some of the pressure on Romo to carry the offense. Now the Dallas Cowboys will rely upon rookie preseason hero Dak Prescott to lead the team at the beginning of the season.
Despite Pro Bowl talent across the offensive line, Tony Romo has a history of collarbone and back injuries. He has not played a full season since 2012, but is one of the league’s most effective quarterbacks when healthy. NFL Media’sAdam Schefter reports that Romo is expected to miss 6-10 weeks with the broken bone.
ARLINGTON, TX – NOVEMBER 26: Tony Romo #9 of the Dallas Cowboys is looked after by team officials after being sacked by the Carolina Panthers in the third quarter at AT&T Stadium on November 26, 2015 in Arlington, Texas. Romo left the field following the play. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)