I have been writing mostly about the Chicago Bears, since I am such a big Bears fan, but this story was a shock to me and many Cowboys fans today.
It has been reported that Tony Romo will be out up to four weeks with a broken pinkie finger.
Romo hurt the pinkie on his throwing hand in overtime against the Arizona Cardinals last Sunday.
That means, 40 year old veteran Brad Johnson will be the starter and that is not good for a team that has been struggling the last two weeks.
Brad Johnson hasn’t started since 2006, when he was a starter for the Minnesota Vikings.
Brad Johnson had this to say about Romo’s injury:
“Obviously, it’s unfortunate for Tony to have to go through something like this. He’ll recover quick, he has a great attitude about it, at this time, it’s really just important for the offense especially to just kind of catch on to my snap count, and the way we manage the huddle. … I’m excited about the opportunity, worked hard to get here.”
Coach Wade Phillips had this to say:
“Romo won’t need surgery on his finger, and the timing of his return depends on how fast that heals.”
“Obviously, he had trouble throwing the ball that last series in overtime.”
Linebacker Bradie James had this say about Romo:
“We’ve got to play relentless football now without our signal caller, our leader, our captain on the offensive side, that’s the thing about a season; you never know what can happen. You hope you are playing some real good ball when things go down, so here we are and now we’ve got to make some adjustments and move on.”
Greg Ellis had comments about Romo as well:
“It’s going to be Brad to go in there and prove that he’s not just here for the ride, he’s part of this thing,” every opportunity I’ve seen Brad step in on other teams, he’s able to hold it down and get it done.”
Of course Terrell Owens had no comment on Romo’s injury.
Romo fumbled the ball three times in the loss to Arizona.
Brad Johnson’s Career Stats:
In his second year as Cowboys backup, Johnson has seen brief time in Dallas, going 7-for-11 for 79 yards.
Johnson has completed 2,627 of 4,248 career passes (61.8 percent) for 28,627 yards with 164 touchdowns and 117 interceptions.
He passed for 2,750 yards in 2006 with nine TDs and 15 interceptions—only the third time in his career with more interceptions than TDs.
What’s the Future look like without Romo?
They could be in last place by the time Romo comes back to the line-up.
Brad Johnson is old and I don’t know how much he has left in him.
Look for Terrell Owens to become very angry very soon.
The Cowboys have former Jet and Viking Brooks Bollinger as a backup to Brad Johnson.
Other Key Injuries:
The Cowboys didn’t only lose Tony Romo to injury, they also lost rookie RB Felix Jones (strained hamstring) and P Mat McBriar (foot).