On Monday, we found out that Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo would be sidelined for roughly eight weeks with a fractured clavicle. On Tuesday, the Cowboys will make things official and provide a formal timeline. According to ESPN's Todd Archer, Romo will be placed on the injured reserve/designated to return list.
Per NFL rules, the move guarantees that Romo will miss the next eight weeks, and he is eligible to return to action in Week 11. However, there is no certainty that Romo will return when first eligible to. Romo broke the same collarbone during the 2010 regular season, and that injury forced him to miss 12 regular season games. Of course, the circumstances were different because those were the final 12 games and the Cowboys started off the season with a 1-7 record.
Backup quarterback Brandon Weeden will step up in Romo's place. Although Weeden struggled during his one start in place of Romo in 2014, the Cowboys are confident that he will take a step forward in his second year in the offensive scheme. On Tuesday, Cowboys owner and general manager Jerry Jones expressed an exceptional amount of confidence in Weeden going forward.
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(h/t Todd Archer on Twitter)