ARLINGTON TX - OCTOBER 25: Quarterback Tony Romo #9 of the Dallas Cowboys leaves the game after a left shoulder injury in the second quarter against the New York Giants at Cowboys Stadium on October 25 2010 in Arlington Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
"It doesn't feel good, but it's just normal," Romo said. "I didn't know that it was broken. I was kind of in shock. When it happens your body kind of goes in shock and I had a hard time breathing. I tried catching my breath, and when I did, it was hard to move this [left] shoulder. It felt like a good sprain and I was just trying to get back in. I was just really light headed."
Romo tried to get back into the game before being held back by a team trainer. Troy Aikman suffered a similar injury in 1998. He missed six weeks with one of those being a bye week.
Without Romo, Dallas must lean on its defense. After seeing what this Giants' offense did to that unit, it's tough to imagine it can turn this season around for the team. Here's Bob Sturm on the subject:
They must count on the defense to win games. There are certain teams they can do that against, but you saw tonight, an offense like the Giants', they could pick what they wanted to do for a large part of the night: 300 yards in the air, 200 on the ground. The Cowboys were unable to get much pressure on Eli Manning. This is certainly not a Pittsburgh situation where they can pretty much ask their defense to win games while their quarterback is gone. Maybe against Jacksonville (next week), but with Aaron Rodgers , Drew Brees, Peyton Manning in the next month, I don't see much hope for long-term success with the defense providing the thrust of your effectiveness.
Expect a little something to be made of this quote from Roy Williams.
"Tony is our starter, but Jon is just as good,'' said Williams, who enjoyed the best season of his professional career when Kitna started in Detroit.
"We are going to work this week in practice so we can get the timing down with the receivers. But I have complete faith in him. I have played with him for three years and I know how good he is.''
Coach Phillips on not going for the field goal early in the fourth quarter.
"We still needed another touchdown yeah," Phillips said. "At that time we were still 18 points behind so we needed a touchdown."
Jerry Jones commented on Romo's injury as well as his feelings regarding his head coach.
"With Romo being hurt doesn't affect the way I feel about Wade Phillips," Jones said. "I'm disappointed. We have fallen short of what my expectations were. My main concern is how do we change with the quarterback. We got 10 games left and how do you get ready to go."
In the loss to the Giants, Dallas forced five turnovers and committed just five penalties for just 42 yards. Go figure.