The loss of Romo in Sunday's 20-10 victory at Philadelphia means the defending NFC East champion Cowboys (2-0) will be without their starting quarterback and All-Pro receiver Dez Bryant possibly through October.
Coach Jason Garrett said Monday that tests revealed no ligament damage for Romo after the second broken collarbone of his career. The other was in 2010, and he missed the final 10 games of the season. However, Dallas was out of playoff contention before he could have returned.
The most optimistic time frame for Romo's return is during a two-game Florida swing on Nov. 15 (Tampa Bay) and Nov. 22 (Miami). Otherwise, his absence could approach three months if he skips a short week for the Thanksgiving home game against Carolina and returns Dec. 7 at Washington, the story said. Until then it's Brandon Weeden at QB, who may have been a more attractive alternative with the offense at full strength. But Bryant is out, and TE Jason Witten is banged up as well, so the 'Boys may have to rely on their unproven run game behind their very good offensive line.