Broken finger could bench Dallas' Romo for 4 weeks

Nfl Notes

October 14, 2008|By From Sun news services

Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo has a broken finger on his throwing hand and could be out for up to four weeks.

Romo broke his right pinkie on the first play of overtime in a 30-24 loss at Arizona on Sunday.

"We don't know how long he'll be out. It depends on how fast that heals," said coach Wade Phillips, who says there won't be any surgery.

The injury leaves the Cowboys (4-2) with Brad Johnson, 40, as the starter Sunday at St. Louis. Johnson, who won a Super Bowl with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, hasn't started a game since 2006 with the Minnesota Vikings.

Neither Romo nor Johnson was in the locker room yesterday when it was open to reporters.

In addition, the Cowboys could lose Pro Bowl punter Mat McBriar for the season. He suffered a main fracture and two hairline fractures to his right foot when his punt was blocked in overtime. Also, running back Felix Jones will be out two to four weeks with a left hamstring injury.

On Sunday, Romo missed on three straight passes to start the overtime, after passing for 321 yards and three touchdowns. He was sacked three times and knocked down 19 times. He also fumbled three times, losing one.

More Cowboys: : The NFL hasn't made a decision regarding cornerback Adam Jones, who was involved in a fight with his bodyguard in a hotel bathroom last Tuesday. According to the Orlando Sentinel, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell attended a luncheon in Tampa, Fla., and was asked by a fan about Jones' lack of respect for the league. "He knows he is running out of rope with respect to this," Goodell said. "And if he's not going to behave responsibly ... then he won't play in the NFL."

Redskins: : Running back Shaun Alexander will visit with team officials today and is expected to sign if he passes a physical exam. A source close to Alexander confirmed to The Seattle Times that's the direction the 2005 NFL Most Valuable Player appears headed, news first reported by the NFL Network and ESPN.com. Alexander played his first eight seasons for Seattle. He is the franchise's career rushing leader but has remained unsigned since the Seahawks released him in April.

More Redskins: : Fed up with rookie Durant Brooks' inconsistency, executive vice president of football operations Vinny Cerrato said on his radio show that "somebody else will be punting" when the team hosts the Browns on Sunday. Cerrato said the Redskins will audition punters today to replace Brooks, who ranks last in the NFL in gross average (39.6) and net average (32.1).

Colts: : One surgery on Peyton Manning's left knee apparently wasn't enough to fix his infected bursa sac. Coach Tony Dungy confirmed, after nearly two months, that the quarterback had a second surgery before returning to the field in late August. Dungy does not believe the second knee surgery was the reason the team had a sluggish start this season. Manning was not available a day after the Colts routed the Ravens, 31-3. The two-time league Most Valuable Player told the CBS broadcast team about the second surgery at a pre-game meeting, prompting announcers Jim Nantz and Phil Simms to address the issue Sunday.

Bills: : Quarterback Trent Edwards was back at work a week after being knocked out with a concussion in the Week 5 loss to Arizona and said he expects to play Sunday when the team hosts San Diego.

Seahawks: : Seattle will be without quarterback Matt Hasselbeck for at least one more game because a months-old bulging disc in his back is causing problems with his knee. If backup Seneca Wallace can practice this week after missing last week with a calf injury, he will start. Otherwise, No. 3 quarterback Charlie Frye will make his second consecutive start.

Bengals:: Quarterback Carson Palmer will miss another game because of his sore passing elbow. Coach Marvin Lewis said Ryan Fitzpatrick will start against the Steelers on Sunday, giving Palmer an additional week to rest. It'll be the third game Palmer misses this season because of the injury.

Chiefs: : Running back Larry Johnson faces a December date in Kansas City (Mo.) Municipal Court on a charge of simple assault. The municipal violation, filed last month, stemmed from an incident Feb. 24 in which a 26-year-old woman accused Johnson, 28, of using his open hand to push the left side of her head, according to court and police documents obtained by The Kansas City Star. The team had no comment, and Johnson was unavailable for comment.

Jaguars: : A judge allowed wide receiver Matt Jones to enter a drug treatment program after the player was arrested on a cocaine charge earlier this year. The decision by Washington County (Ark.) Circuit Judge Mary Ann Gunn means he could have the charge dismissed if he completes the treatment.

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