Monday’s roundup: Cowboys say Romo won’t need surgery
Irving, Texas — Tony Romo won’t be back for at least two months because of a broken left collarbone, and maybe closer to three with the way the schedule falls for the Cowboys.
His All-Pro receiver, Dez Bryant, will be sidelined perhaps through the end of October because of a broken right foot.
The defending NFC East champions are alone atop the division at 2-0 after a 20-10 victory at Philadelphia that cost Dallas its quarterback a week after Bryant’s injury in the opener.
And yet, the biggest question is whether they’ll still be in contention by the time Romo and Bryant are on the field together again.
The first start-to-finish test without both players is Sunday at home against Atlanta (2-0).
“There is pressure on everyone in this organization,” said Brandon Weeden, the backup responsible for keeping the Cowboys afloat while their four-time Pro Bowl quarterback is out.
“I am not going to put any added pressure on myself. I know what is at stake. I know we have a good team. Hopefully we can keep this going.”
Coach Jason Garrett said Monday tests revealed no ligament damage for Romo after the second broken collarbone of his career. The other was in 2010, when he missed the final 10 games of the season.
Now the Cowboys have to decide whether to clear a roster spot by putting Romo on the injured list with a designation to return, which would sideline him for seven games over eight weeks.
The most optimistic time frame for Romo’s return is during a two-game Florida swing Nov. 15 (Buccaneers) and Nov. 22 (Dolphins).
Bears coach John Fox said quarterback Jay Cutler suffered no major damage to his hamstring, but he would not say whether the Bears (0-2) would start Jimmy Clausen when they visit the defending NFC champion Seahawks (0-2) on Sunday.
... Jaguars running back Denard Robinson (Michigan) sprained the medial collateral ligament in his left knee against the Dolphins and could miss several weeks..
... Bills safety Aaron Williams reported to the team’s facility a day after sustaining a neck injury. Coach Rex Ryan says it’s “probably a stretch” to expect Williams to play against the Dolphins in Miami on Sunday.
... Falcons running back Tevin Coleman has a fractured rib that leaves his status in question for this week’s road game against the Cowboys.
... Packers running back Eddie Lacy, who suffered an ankle injury in a 27-17 victory over the Seahawks, could be ready to play Monday against the Chiefs.
The Vikings have parted ways with mascot Ragnar the Viking.
Team officials said their contract with Joe Juranitch, who plays Ragnar, expired during the offseason and have not been able to reach an agreement.