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Dallas QB Tony Romo to miss at least two months with broken collarbone

Dallas quarterback Tony Romo finished Sunday night's game against Philadelphia wearing street clothes and a sling.

Dallas quarterback Tony Romo finished Sunday night’s game against Philadelphia wearing street clothes and a sling.

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Tony Romo tweeted Monday that he won’t need surgery on his broken collarbone.

But the Dallas Cowboys quarterback is still expected to miss about eight weeks while the injury heals, according to multiple media reports.

Romo suffered a fractured left clavicle during the Cowboys’ 20-10 victory over Philadelphia on Sunday. Coach Jason Garrett said Monday that tests revealed no ligament damage for Romo after the second broken collarbone of his career. He experienced a similar injury in Week 7 of the 2010 season and ended up missing the rest of the season.

The expected time frame would have Romo back sometime in mid-November, when the Cowboys play at Tampa Bay on Nov. 15 and at Miami on Nov. 22.

In the meantime, Brandon Weeden will take over the starting role for the Cowboys. He threw a 42-yard touchdown pass to to Terrance Williams to seal the win for Dallas against the Eagles.

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As a starting quarterback, Weeden is 5-16 and has not won since 2012. He has started once for Dallas, throwing two interceptions in a 28-17 loss to Arizona last year.

“There is pressure on everyone in this organization,” said Weeden. “So I am not going to put any added pressure on myself. I know what is at stake. I know we have a good team. So hopefully we can all rally and keep this going in the right direction.”

The Cowboys, who will also be without injured star receiver Dez Bryant for at least five more weeks, are the only 2-0 team in the NFC East. The Washington Redskins are 1-1 and the Eagles and New York Giants are 0-2.

Weeden, who finished 7 of 7 for 73 yards, started 15 games for Cleveland in 2012 as a 29-year-old rookie.

Cutler’s status unclear

The Chicago Bears said quarterback Jay Cutler suffered no major damage to the hamstring he injured during Sunday’s loss to Arizona, but it’s still not clear when he will return to the field. Amid reports that Cutler will miss at least two weeks, Coach John Fox said his quarterback has a strained hamstring, but the team would not say which leg was injured. Jimmy Clausen figures to start for the Bears (0-2) when they visit Seattle (0-2) this week.

Manziel could keep job

Cleveland Coach Mike Pettine said quarterback Johnny Manziel’s winning performance Sunday will make it tougher to decide who will start when Josh McCown returns from a concussion. Pettine said McCown remains in the NFL’s program on head injuries after sustaining a concussion on the opening drive of the season opener against the Jets. Manziel, who has made major progress in his second season, threw two long touchdown passes in a 28-14 win over Tennessee.

Brees hurting

New Orleans quarterback Drew Brees suffered an injury to his throwing shoulder on a hit he took during Sunday’s loss to Tampa Bay. Although Brees did not come out of the game, Saints Coach Sean Payton said it was too early to determine whether Brees might be rested this Sunday at Carolina. Brees, who hasn’t missed a start because of injury since joining the Saints in 2006, said his right arm hurt and it might have affected some of his throws against the Buccaneers.

Etc.

Green Bay running back Eddie Lacy, who suffered an ankle injury in the Packers’ 27-17 win over Seattle on Sunday night, has not been ruled out for next Monday’s game against Kansas City, Coach Mike McCarthy said. . . . Atlanta running back Tevin Coleman has a fractured rib that leaves his status in question for Sunday’s game at Dallas. . . . Houston running back Arian Foster, out since suffering a groin injury in training camp, could return to the lineup this week against Tampa Bay, Coach Bill O’Brien said. . . . Miami traded cornerback Will Davis, a third-round pick in 2013, to Baltimore for a 2016 seventh-round draft pick. . . . Jacksonville running back Denard Robinson sprained the medial collateral ligament in his left knee against Miami on Sunday and could miss several weeks. . . . Minnesota reinstated cornerback Jabari Price, who served his two-game suspension for violating the NFL’s substance abuse policy. . . . Buffalo Coach Rex Ryan said tests revealed safety Aaron Williams’ neck injury wasn’t serious but it was “probably a stretch” to expect him to play Sunday at Miami. . . . The NFL Players Assn. withdrew a contempt-of-court motion against NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell in the case of Minnesota running back Adrian Peterson’s suspension.


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