With Tony Romo out with broken clavicle, Jon Kitna controls Cowboys' future
Updated at 1:31 p.m.
A CT scan of Tony Romo's broken clavicle shows that he will not require surgery, although the original estimate of a 6-8 week recovery still is in play, sources told ESPN. He's more likely to be out closer to eight weeks, according to the report.
Filed at 5:43 a.m.
And now what's left of the Dallas Cowboys' season comes down to this: the quarterbacking skills of a Comeback Player of the Year. In 2003.
Kitna, who's 38, came on Monday night when Tony Romo broke his clavicle (he's expected to be out 6-8 weeks; he'll have a CT scan today to determine whether surgery on the collarbone is needed) and the results were decidedly mixed. The New York Giants did jump on 'em initially and scored 31 points for a 38-20 lead. With two 15-yard TD passes to Dez Bryant, Kitna sparked a rally, but it was one that fell short, 41-35, making the Cowboys now the best 1-5 team in the NFL. (Just ask Jerry Jones. The rest of the NFC East was unavailable for comment; they were partying like the '72 Miami Dolphins.) Since the Super Bowl was created, only the 1970 Bengals have come back from 1-5 to make the playoffs.
"We didn't have success on first and second downs and that created some tough situations," Kitna said of his performance (16 of 33 completions for 187 yards and the two aforementioned TDs) and the job that lies ahead for him "We've got to get better at that. I'm not afraid of the situation. I've seen everything in this game."
Romo promises to help.
"I know Kitna's going to play good ball," Romo said. "The offense is coming together. I'm going to work my butt off getting healthy. I'm going to help him as much as Kitna helped me. We need to stay committed and find a way to work our way out of this. Jon's a very capable quarterback."
Maybe Kitna can salvage the Cowboys' season. His resume shows that he was 6-2 briefly in Detroit in 2007, then went 1-7 with a cough-up-a-hairball finish. Remember when the Lions did the anti-Dolphins thing and went 0-16 in 2008? He was responsible for the first four losses, then got hurt and missed the rest of the season.
More on broken collarbones
Location, location, location: Where the fracture lies, the Dallas Morning News writes, will determine how long Romo is out. If it's in the middle of the bone, surgery is more likely and that would speed the healing process.
FYI: Broken collarbones, from the Mayo Clinic
| October 26, 2010; 5:43 AM ET
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