Midway through the second quarter of a Monday Night Football matchup against the New York Giants, Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo was crushed to the turf, ultimately suffering a broken collarbone in his non-throwing shoulder.
Early reports from ESPN's Adam Schefter indicate that Romo is expected to miss, at a minimum, the next eight games.
Prior to Week 7, Romo was having one of his better fantasy seasons, throwing for 1566 yards and 10 touchdowns.
Romo's injury will impact the entire Cowboys offense from a fantasy perspective. Until QB Jon Kitna becomes comfortable in the starting role, expect somewhat of an increase in the number of rushing attempts from RBs Felix Jones and Marion Barber.
Wide receivers Miles Austin and Roy Williams should be downgraded in terms of expected fantasy production for at least the short term, as should TE Jason Witten.
Kitna has been a productive starting quarterback in the not-so-distant past with the Detroit Lions in 2006 and 2007. During each campaign, Kitna threw for at least 4000 yards and 18 touchdowns, so all hope is not lost.
Fantasy general managers that own stock in WR Miles Austin should prepare for an onslaught of low ball offers for the stud wide receiver.
Austin is a top-notch wide receiver that can make plays with any quarterback. In other words, Romo did not create Austin.
Patience is a virtue, one that will be necessary as we wait and see how drastically Kitna impacts the Cowboys' offensive production. There are plenty of weapons at Kitna's disposal; all Kitna has to do is play ball.
Best of luck tonight, and in Week 8.
If you happen to be an owner of Tony Romo, you would be wise to glance at your waiver wire and see who is available. Before doing so, you should take a quick look at my Week 7 Waiver Wire Review column posted earlier today, and soon to be updated.
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