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Romo Out For a Month

The Dallas Cowboys will be without quarterback Tony Romo for as long as a month because of a broken finger on his throwing hand.

Romo suffered a broken right pinkie on the first play of overtime of the Cowboys' loss Sunday at Arizona, according to a report on the team's website.

The Cowboys lost the game on a blocked punt.

Veteran Brad Johnson takes over as the team's fill-in starter.

Brooks Bollinger is to be Johnson's backup.

Romo was sacked by Cardinals outside linebacker Chike Okeafor on the first play of overtime. Romo fumbled the ball but recovered it himself. Romo threw incomplete passes on the next two plays before the Cardinals blocked a punt and recovered the loose ball for the winning touchdown.

Romo has started every Cowboys' game since taking over for Drew Bledsoe six games into the 2006 season. He's made 32 straight regular season starts. He is the NFL's third-rated passer this season through Sunday's play, behind only San Diego's Philip Rivers and New Orleans's Drew Brees. Romo has thrown for 1,689 yards in six games this season, with 14 touchdown passes and five interceptions.

Johnson, 40, is in his second season as Romo's backup. He's yet to throw a pass this season. He threw only 11 passes for the Cowboys last season and last started a game while with the Minnesota Vikings in 2006.

But he's been a starter for much of a 17-year NFL career that has included two stints with the Vikings and one each with the Washington Redskins, Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Cowboys. He has thrown for 28,627 yards and 164 touchdowns in his career and led the Buccaneers to a Super Bowl triumph in the 2002 season.

The Cowboys' record dropped to 4-2 with Sunday's defeat to the Cardinals. They play at St. Louis this weekend. After facing the Rams, the Cowboys have two more games before their bye week, hosting the Buccaneers and facing the New York Giants on the road. They return from their bye to play the Redskins on Nov. 16 at FedEx Field, by which time Romo presumably will be back in the lineup. The Redskins game comes five weeks after Romo was hurt.

It will now be up to Johnson to keep wide receiver Terrell Owens happy and prevent the Cowboys' season of high hopes from unraveling. The Cowboys looked like the league's most powerful team in the season's very early going but stumbled in recent weeks with losses to the Redskins and Cardinals. Johnson doesn't possess Romo's athleticism, daring or arm strength, but perhaps can be a steadying influence and be less mistake-prone.

He'll need to play well for the Cowboys to keep pace in the NFC East. It's a volatile mix in Dallas these days, with Owens demanding publicly that he get the ball regularly. Cowboys Coach Wade Phillips is under intense pressure to win in the postseason after last season's second-round playoff defeat to the Giants, and his potential successor could be already on his staff after offensive coordinator Jason Garrett signed a lucrative contract extension in the offseason to remain with the club.

The Cowboys are awaiting word on whether the league will discipline cornerback Adam Jones for getting into a scuffle with one of his bodyguards last week at a Dallas hotel. People around the league suspect that there could be plenty of internal strife within the organization if the Cowboys begin to lose often, and Romo's injury won't help Phillips as he tries to hold things together.

By Mark Maske  |  October 13, 2008; 12:57 PM ET  | Category:  Cowboys Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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ha ha no more romo suck it up he sucks any how and they compare him 2 the great favre oh well maybe next season 4 the the lame cowgirls

Posted by: jamarr | October 13, 2008 7:56 PM

Holy Crap for all of you Cowboy haters GET A FRICKIN LIFE! I guess when they stop talking about you it means you dont matter!
One last point a referee should never be able to decide a game.

Posted by: George Allen | October 13, 2008 7:44 PM

I'm a huge Cowboy fan and the fact of the matter is they have managed to learn to fail in spectacular fashion. A bumbling loss to the Seahawks on special teams. First ever top-seeded team to exit the playoffs w/o a win. Now, w/this game they made Cowboys history by allowing the first ever opening kickoff return for TD--and they made NFL history as the first team to lose a game on a blocked punt. What can you say? They've turned the Staubach magic of winning impossible games inside out by finding ways to lose winnable games in various rotten ways.

Go Longhorns!

Posted by: Despondent | October 13, 2008 7:30 PM

Cowboys will win regardless...One man out isnt gonna make them lose....Not to mention Maybe with Romo out they can practice some flippin defense....He wouldnt be sacked so many times if they would cover him like they are supposed to. Only way to find out is wait till next Sunday.

Posted by: RomoLVR | October 13, 2008 7:01 PM


Posted by: SARAH FAILIN | October 13, 2008 6:14 PM

So does your FACE!

Posted by: D | October 13, 2008 5:03 PM

Cowboys suck

Posted by: Anonymous | October 13, 2008 5:01 PM

The Cardinals are actually doing good this year so it's not like losing to the Dolphins (New England) and feeling like crap. You gotta love the comments about the Cowboys from all the wild card 'super bowl champs.' Go Cowboys!!!

Posted by: D | October 13, 2008 4:55 PM

Benny can kiss my butt. You won the game you idiot--no need to cry about the refs..BOO HOO

Posted by: Sharkey | October 13, 2008 4:49 PM

Brad Johnson will do just fine. The team's lack of focus is more of an issue.

Posted by: z28mike | October 13, 2008 4:48 PM

After seeing the officials reverse the
correct call on Romo's fumbles, I figured
the Cardinals were playing against the
Cowboys and the zebras.

Posted by: benny | October 13, 2008 4:44 PM

The Cowboys will still be able to hold it together. Brad Johnson is a good quarterback who just needs to complete passes to Owens, Whitten, and Crayton. Throw Barber in the mix and they should be able to win games while Romo is out.

Posted by: Ty | October 13, 2008 4:38 PM

I'd rather be boning Jessica Simpson than sticking my hands under center. Nice job Tony Homo.

Posted by: Alan Soucy of Ape10 | October 13, 2008 4:34 PM

The Cowboys suck. Its amazing how many calls go there way. They got what the deserved. Boo Tony Romo

Posted by: Jason | October 13, 2008 4:15 PM

As a giant fan I am actually disappointed to see him out. I think the gints can win with him in there and they don't need artificial assistance. In addition Romo is a decent guy and I don't wish him ill.

Posted by: willysfla | October 13, 2008 4:14 PM

Why not run C.Portis when he ran for 145yds against the Eagles, one of the best run defense team. While the Rams are the worst team against it.

They waited till the 4th quater, sometime I think the coaches have the brain and reasoning of 5 years old. Especially Skin coaches. Back to back t/o by Gibbs!!!

Posted by: Run C.Portis... | October 13, 2008 4:06 PM

HA HA ... that's what you get for cheating!!! GO GIANTS

Posted by: Bill Monroe | October 13, 2008 4:02 PM

I need to get this off my chest....


I as a Giants fan, and my buddies as Eagles and Skins fans CAN NOT TOLERATE HIS ONE SIDE PLAY CALLING!!!

ROMO Who, 5 fumbles, which the Refs are forced to call in favor of the "American Team" Rediculous.
Cowboys game = Pro Wrestling match

Posted by: Aikman Hater | October 13, 2008 3:59 PM

Go COWBOYS!!!!!!

Posted by: Angie | October 13, 2008 3:45 PM

Go Eagles!

Posted by: ROMOSEXUAL | October 13, 2008 3:34 PM

I don't feel so bad about us (Redskins) losing to the Rams, because not only did the Cowboys lose to the Cardinals, but they have the potential to lose a lot more with Romo out. Hip, Hip, Hoooraaayyy!!!

Posted by: Anonymous | October 13, 2008 3:33 PM

At St. Louis, against the Bucs and at the Jints.

I hope they go down in flames from now on.

Posted by: charlie | October 13, 2008 3:04 PM

I still love my cowboys

Posted by: renee | October 13, 2008 2:53 PM

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