Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo fractured his left clavicle in their 38-20 loss against the New York Giants last night.
Romo left the game after being hit by Giants linebacker Michael Boley, while completing a pass to receiver Miles Austin. He would not return, and the injury is expected to sideline him for approximately 6-8 weeks.
The 3-time Pro Bowler has been one of the few bright spots on the Cowboys, who've now fallen to 1-5 on the season. He had thrown 11 touchdowns up till then.
Therefore, his loss is certainly a devastating one.
As I referenced to, the Cowboys have gotten off to a surprisingly horrendous start. Now without their star field general at the helm, they're offensive woes are likely to aggravate.
Unfortunately for the team, there's doesn't seem to be a quality Plan B.
The Cowboys headed into the offseason with a set goal of acquiring a serviceable backup quarterback, and I'm sure they felt they had done so with the signing of veteran Jon Kitna. While he wasn't terrible, I don't believe he's the savior to their season.
That said, they are in serious danger of continuing to absolutely tank this season if they can't overcome this obstacle.
A weaker aerial attack will put more pressure on their ground game, which may force them to become one-dimensional. Moreover, the Kitna's immobility puts the already porous offensive line in a more demanding situation.
On the flip side, an inconsistent offense will cause their defense to play more conservative thus resulting in less big play potential.
All in all, no Romo could have a trickle down effect along the entire team.
Frankly, they're aspirations to play a Super Bowl in their home stadium are ultimately all but sealed.