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With Tony Romo out with broken clavicle, Jon Kitna controls Cowboys' future

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The Cowboys staff attends Tony Romo and his broken clavicle. (AP)

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

By Cindy Boren  | October 26, 2010; 5:43 AM ET
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Comments

How about Dem COWBOYS? =)

It now seems, the ONLY way The Cowboys, will get to the SuperBowl, in their home stadium, is to buy a ticket =)

Posted by: Robbnitafl | October 26, 2010 7:11 AM | Report abuse

ONE or TWO plays the other way and the WASHINGTON REDSKINS are kissing the girls to move over down there. But the GOOD ENOUGH play of MCdumpit is the reason why we sit in 2nd place. All of this will come down to the Iggles & redskins fighting for that wildcard. redskins will win that battle because of the leadership we have on offense. Now if we can just settle on 2 WR and work them well be fine . The serg must just go with 3 at this point . Training camp over and you need to cut reed and phillips Bucanhan right now cause they simply suck. A DV-111 player next year would be a nice upgrade to both positions !!!

Posted by: terryreece | October 26, 2010 7:58 AM | Report abuse

Jealousy is a difficult emotional problem to overcome and i understand why the "sons of Palin" skins fans like Kuss Nitafi chime in about Dem Cowboys. Dallas stinks this year but the skis suck every year and are a disgrace to the sport. period. McChicken is a worn out joke, shanihan is a glass eyed, razor lipped, weasel who pulled a horseshoe out of his rear on every win. they are and always will be THE REDSKINS which is Detroit East! Classless, and a bunch of scrubs.

Posted by: doyouktt | October 26, 2010 8:10 AM | Report abuse

You do know Washington beat dallas last month right doyouktt?

Posted by: rodneylwoods | October 26, 2010 8:42 AM | Report abuse

Why not put the rookie QB in? At least look to the future.. Romo isn't the QB that will take u to SB and neither is Kitna. Give the rookie a chance and see what you have...you might decide to use the #1 pick for a new franchise QB..

Posted by: tirelo_lejos | October 26, 2010 8:44 AM | Report abuse

I can't think of anybody who deserves this more than Jerry Jones. I am reveling in it.

Posted by: mjwies11 | October 26, 2010 9:04 AM | Report abuse

I think Dallas is poised to take control of the division. Just ask peterbilt, pampatx and all of the other illiterate, non-footall knowing "fans" of the most over-hyped overrated franchise in professional sports. By the way, I have nothing against Cowboy fans from Texas. They root for their team like any normal person who resides in the metro area of where their team plays. The disgusting, low life parasite Cowboy "fans" who live in the DC area, who can't pick out Texas on a map, much less ever lived in Texas are a bigger joke than the Dallas franchise itself. And that takes some doing.

Posted by: columbiapike | October 26, 2010 9:19 AM | Report abuse

They're playing for a top 5 pick! How 'bout them Cowboys? Still the most overrated team in pro sports year after year. One playoff win since when...1992?

Posted by: crossroadsnow | October 26, 2010 9:22 AM | Report abuse

A 1-5 record. No need to fill in the details. The record says it all about this team.

Posted by: NatsSince1967 | October 26, 2010 2:52 PM | Report abuse

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