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Cowboys News & Notes: Dallas Currently Holds No. 4 Overall Draft Pick

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Latest Cowboys headlines: Tony Romo is officially out for the season with a hairline collarbone fracture; Cowboys steadily climbing up the draft order with every loss; Dez Bryant will not be shut down for the season.

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Jerry Jones: Romo Has Hairline Collarbone Fracture, Out For Season - Rob Phillips, Dallas Cowboys
Tony Romo is out for the season with a hairline fracture of his left collarbone, though he won't have surgery, Jerry Jones told 105.3 The Fan on Friday.

The end of an era in Dallas? - Bob Sturm, Dallas Morning News
In his game review, Sturm wonders how close we are to a changing of the guard in Dallas.

Which leads to an even more depressing possibility, where we wonder whether we have witnessed the end of an era. And that doesn't mean that Tony Romo will not return, but it will close the door on the "Tony Romo is the only option" era, and honestly, it is difficult to argue with that conclusion.

It is also safe to assume that the Cowboys make a move in the offseason to begin to prepare for this transition to the next guy. It doesn't have to be 2016, but it might be. And they cannot come into another year as ill prepared to not have #9 as they have been this year. Nor can they ask him to come in on a horse and save a smoldering mess with seven weeks to play.

Tony Romo done for 2015, will he be a top QB when we see him in 2016? - Frank Schwab, Shutdown Corner
Schwab wonders whether Romo's play will slip soon.

Most likely Romo still has at least a couple prime years left. The Cowboys have a great line to protect him and one has to believe Jones will go into the 2016 offseason believing his team's championship window is open and invest accordingly. Part of that plan revolves around being one of the dozen or so teams that feels it can depend on a Pro Bowl-level performance from its quarterback.

But we didn't get to see much of Romo this season. And for the first time in a long time, he feels like a bit of a wild card for Dallas going into next season.

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Tony Romo out for season, creates more competition for top draft pick - David Fucillo, Niners Nation
The San Francisco 49ers bid for a high draft pick receives new competition now that Tony Romo is done for the season with a clavicle injury, and the 49ers don't like it one little bit.

The draft order as per today:

1. Cleveland Browns (2-8)
2. San Diego Chargers (2-8)
3. Tennessee Titans (2-8)
4. Dallas Cowboys (3-8)
5. Baltimore Ravens (3-7)
6. San Francisco 49ers (3-7)
7. Detroit Lions (4-7)

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Cowboys Have No Intention Of Shutting Down Dez For Remainder Of Season - David Helman, Dallas Cowboys
Jerry Jones makes a very valid point about Dez Bryant needing reps in practice and in games to get back into the shape he was in last year, and Helman outlines just how much time Bryant has missed this season.

After missing the Cowboys’ offseason program due to a contract negotiation, he sustained a hamstring injury just a week into training camp and was held out until the start of the regular season.

Three quarters into the season opener, he was lost for six weeks with a broken metatarsal in his foot.

That’s not even the end of Bryant’s saga for this season. While making a spectacular touchdown catch during the Nov. 8 loss to Philadelphia, he tweaked both his knee and ankle and has been limited in practice ever since.

We've talked a lot about injuries this season, but we haven't talked much about the effect of players taking to the field who were not in football playing shape, mentally and physically.

Morris Claiborne: I'll be ready for Washington - Jon Machota, SportsDay
Claiborne said he'll be ready to go when the Cowboys play the Redskins next week.

"Definitely," Claiborne said. "I feel like if this game was Sunday I would have been able to play. But just because it was a short week it was better to be safe."

Sean Lee on current state of the Cowboys: 'If you're not motivated to find a way to win...get off the team' - Jon Machota, SportsDay
Lee, much to his honor, is still talking playoffs.

"If you're not motivated to find a way to win, you need to get off the team," linebacker Sean Lee said. "We need to make a move now. We have no more room for errors. We have to find a way to win games, get on a run if we want to save the season.

"We can't have performances like this. There are no excuses. We haven't played winning football, and we have to start doing that now or we're not going to be in the playoffs at all."

Jerry Jones hopeful prolonged exposure to the offense will make Matt Cassel more successful - Jon Machota,  SportsDay
With Romo done for the season, Cassel will get five more chances to win his first game as a Cowboys. Cassel has been with the Cowboys for two months now, and Jerry Jones hopes that Cassel should be familiar enough with the system now to pull off some wins.

Dan Bailey becomes third-leading scorer in team history - Charean Williams, The Star-Telegram
It feels like Bailey was picked up just a few years ago (which he was, he just turned 27), so this headline comes as something of a surprise. But Bailey now has 603 points for his five-year career. Only Emmitt Smith (986) and Rafael Septien (874) have scored more points in team history.

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What Does it REALLY Take to Produce a Nationally Televised Halftime Show? - Lindsay Draper, 5 Points Blue
Apparently, there's a lot of work that goes into a halftime show, I'll take Draper's words for it, though I'd argue that next to no work went into selecting the performer for the show.

"Country girls shake it for me."

"Shake it for the birds, shake it for the bees. Shake it for the catfish swimming down deep in the creek."

Seriously?

'Concussion' ads start to air during NFL games - CNN Money
An ad for a film about football-related brain trauma started running during Thanksgiving Day NFL games.

You're a football fan. Are you going to go watch this film? I know I'm not, and I don't think a lot of football fans will go watch it either.

I predict this movie will be a huge flop.