Romo injury leaves Kitna in tough spot

Posted Oct. 25, 2010 @ 11:10 p.m.
Posted By Eric Edholm

Cowboys QB Tony Romo suffered a broken left clavicle in the first half of the Monday-night game against the Giants.

Romo was pressured by Giants LB Michael Boley, who hit Romo and landed on him, with 11:55 remaining in the second quarter, on the Cowboys' first offensive play of the period. Romo rolled over in obvious pain after completing the pass to WR Miles Austin. He headed to the locker room for X-rays.

He's likely to miss several weeks, if not the rest of the regular season. The typical recovery time for this type of injury is 8-10 weeks.

Jon Kitna replaced Romo at QB.

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This is a huge loss for the Cowboys, who had taken a 20-7 lead in this game but were in danger of losing it, as the Giants scored 31 straight points for a 38-20 lead late in the third quarter. They came into the game with a 1-4 record and in desperate need to get hot for any chance to make the playoffs.

Kitna has had some big passing seasons, but until Monday he hadn't played in a regular-season game in more than a year. His limited mobility was on display early in his relief appearance against the Giants, and it could be an issue behind a lumbering offensive line that is already down a starter. The Cowboys have great talent at receiver and tight end, but the offense must be tailored more to Kitna's diminished skills at this point.