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Tony Romo could miss rest of season as Cowboys fall to 11-0 Panthers

Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo (9) is helped off the field by team staff after suffering an unknown injury in the second half of an NFL football game against the Carolina Panthers, Thursday, Nov. 26, 2015, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Brandon Wade)

Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo (9) is helped off the field by team staff after suffering an unknown injury in the second half of an NFL football game against the Carolina Panthers, Thursday, Nov. 26, 2015, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Brandon Wade)

Cam Newton may have been doing the twist for the undefeated Panthers, but Tony Romo and the Cowboys were in no mood to dance.

The Carolina defense returned two of Romo's three interceptions for touchdowns before the Dallas quarterback re-injured the collarbone that sidelined him for seven games earlier this season, and the Panthers pushed their NFL-best winning streak to 15 regular-season games with a 33-14 victory in their Thanksgiving debut Thursday.

Newton had his team's only offensive touchdown on a 4-yard run, and Carolina became the 16th team to start a season 11-0. The dual-threat star showed off a new celebration after catching grief in recent weeks for doing "the Dab."

"Yeah, you know, I've got diverse dancing ability," Newton said after throwing for 183 yards and running for another 45. "I've got to switch it up sometimes. Back in the day, they used to do the Twist."

Romo and the Cowboys are just twisting in the wind. The 35-year-old quarterback with a surgically repaired back wasn't sure if he broke his left collarbone again, just as he did nearly 10 weeks ago at Philadelphia. More tests were planned for Friday.

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The four-time Pro Bowl player said the injury felt similar to the one in Philadelphia. Coach Jason Garrett said Romo would play if he was cleared, even with the Cowboys unlikely to have a realistic shot to defend their division title.

A source with the Cowboys organization, however, told ESPN that Romo is out for the remainder of the season.

On the second play for Dallas after Newton's score put Carolina up 30-6, Romo was hit by a blitzing Thomas Davis and went down much the same way he did in Philadelphia. He was replaced by Matt Cassel, who started four games in Romo's absence.

"It's in the same shoulder that he was out for ... so that is a concern from the standpoint of the games ahead," owner and general manager Jerry Jones said.

The Cowboys (3-8) could be facing a season-ending stretch without him after losing all seven games in his absence. The defending NFC East champions were already headed to an eighth loss in nine games a week after Romo ended the skid in his return at Miami.

Luke Kuechly intercepted two straight passes by Romo late in the second quarter, returning the first 32 yards for a touchdown. Kurt Coleman picked off Romo's second pass of the game and took it back 36 yards for the opening score.

"I'm just very disappointed in not giving our team a chance to win today," said Romo, who was 11 of 21 with 106 yards and a 27.2 passer rating. "They depend on me to go out there and perform at a certain level, and when I let them down, let our team down, our coaches, our fan base, everybody. That's what I did today, and I have to live with that."

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Based on reporting by The Associated Press.

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