Tony Romo Injury: Update on the Dallas Cowboys Starting Quarterback

Justin WeltonAnalyst IISeptember 18, 2011

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - SEPTEMBER 18: Tony Romo #9 of the Dallas Cowboys drops back to pass against the San Francisco 49ers during an NFL football game at Candlestick Park on September 18, 2011 in San Francisco, California.  (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)
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Tony Romo was knocked out of the game against the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday with a rib injury.

He finished the day 8-of-17 for 144 yards and a touchdown. The Cowboy’s medical staff would not allow Romo to stay in the game in fear of damaging his ribs more.

Fantasy Impact

Romo owners are cringing at the thought of another injury for their quarterback. It should be interesting how much time he ends up missing in the end.

As for the other Cowboys, all wide receivers and running backs should experience a slight reduction in points.

Who’s The Backup?

Jon Kitna does do a good job of slinging the ball all over the field if you give him the opportunity to do so.

Fantasy owners of Romo should jump the gun on trying to get Kitna. He should be available if you are in a one-quarterback league.

Kitna threw for 2,365 yards, 16 touchdowns and 12 interceptions in 2010. As he gets more time with the Cowboys, Kitna’s production will go up after he gets first team reps in practice.

Devastation Scale: 10/10

It is just a two on a scale to 10. It doesn’t seem too serious, but you never know with Romo. Last year he missed 10 games with a broken clavicle.

Romo wanted to get back into the game. He did whatever he could, but the medical staff wouldn’t allow him as the hits kept piling on.

He will probably be ready to play in the next game.

What They’re Saying

Fans are saying “here we go again” in terms of Romo and injuries. He has ran into a tough stretch of luck the past few years.

He’s going to need to be healthy if he really believes he is a top-tier quarterback in the NFL.

UPDATE: Tony Romo would return and finished the day 20-of-33 for 345 yards and two touchdowns, leading the Cowboy to a 27-24 OT victory over the 49ers.