News: Romo (shoulder) will undergo an MRI on Friday for his left clavicle injury after preliminary X-rays following Thursday's loss to the Panthers were inconclusive, ESPN's Ed Werder reports. However, a source close to the situation told Werder that Romo is "done for the season."
Impact: Romo fell hard on his left shoulder when he was sacked to the ground at the end of the third quarter, and it seems to be a foregone conclusion that he suffered a fracture of the same clavicle for the second time this season. The Cowboys aren't expected to formally rule Romo out for the season until after the results of Friday's scans are read, but his fantasy owners should begin the process of assessing other options at the quarterback spot. Matt Cassel came on for Romo in the fourth quarter of Thursday's game and is expected to assume the starting job for the remainder of the season.
News: Crawford recorded five tackles, including his fourth sack of the season, in Thursday's loss to the Panthers.
Impact: He also blocked a late field goal attempt after the game was well out of reach for the Cowboys. Crawford has been very hit or miss this season, and was held out of the box score entirely the week before against Miami, making him a marginal IDP play at best.
News: Witten caught all four of his targets for 36 yards during Thursday's loss to the Panthers.
Impact: He's now just two catches away from 1000 for his career, but even if Witten reaches the milestone next week he won't have Tony Romo on the other end of it. Romo re-injured his clavicle Thursday and could be lost for the remainder of the season, leaving Witten as the security blanket for either Matt Cassel or possibly Kellen Moore, if the Cowboys start looking ahead to 2016. Neither QB is likely to improve the tight end's fantasy prospects, however.
News: Williams caught four passes on six targets for 38 yards in Thursday's loss to the Panthers.
Impact: While the poor performance was bad enough, Williams' value going forward takes a further hit due to Tony Romo re-injuring his clavicle and potentially being lost for the season. The third-year receiver had little success while Matt Cassel was under center while Romo was initially on IR, and if the veteran QB takes over again Williams could be in for a quiet finish to a disappointing year.
News: Bryant (foot/knee) caught two passes on eight targets for 26 yards in Thursday's loss to the Panthers.
Impact: He had a shot at a garbage-time TD that would have salvaged his day from a fantasy perspective, but Josh Norman disrupted Bryant just enough to cause the incompletion. Tony Romo was also re-injured in the game and could be lost for the remainder of the year, casting a further shadow over Bryant's value down the stretch of what has been an extremely disappointing season.
News: Beasley caught six passes on seven targets for 44 yards and the Cowboys' only touchdown in Thursday's loss to the Panthers.
Impact: The garbage-time TD was his third of the season. Tony Romo re-injured his clavicle in the game, and Beasley ended up catching his touchdown pass from Matt Cassel, the same QB who helped him rack up 112 yards and two scores in Week 9 against the Eagles. If Cassel remains in the starting role, Beasley could see a bump in value, but the Cowboys could also elect to give Kellen Moore a chance as they begin to look ahead to 2016.
News: McFadden (groin) ran the ball 10 times for 11 yards in Thursday's loss to the Panthers, and caught four of six targets for 45 yards, including a two-point conversion.
Impact: The receptions salvaged some of his value in PPR leagues, but otherwise it was a disappointing performance for McFadden. Tony Romo was re-injured in the game and could be lost for the rest of the season, so McFadden could begin to lose touches to Robert Turbin and other, younger backs as the Cowboys begin to look ahead to 2016.
News: Cassel played the fourth quarter of Thursday's 33-14 loss to the Panthers, completing 13 of 19 passes for 92 yards and a touchdown.
Impact: The score, to Cole Beasley, was the Cowboys' only touchdown of the day. Cassel stepped in after Tony Romo re-injured his clavicle being sacked on the final play of the third quarter, and while the team hasn't provided a firm diagnosis yet, it's likely that Romo will miss most of all of the remaining schedule. With little left to play for, Dallas could elect to give Kellen Moore a look in the starting lineup, but at the moment Cassel is once again at the top of their depth chart at QB.
News: Romo was quickly ruled out from returning to Thursday's game against the Panthers after team trainers diagnosed him with a left clavicle injury, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.
Impact: Romo suffered the injury when he fell on his shoulder after being sacked by the Panthers' Thomas Davis, and finishes the game with 11 completions on 21 attempts for 106 yards, no touchdowns, and three interceptions. The fact that the Cowboys are already specifying a particular bone as it pertains to Romo's injury isn't a good sign for the quarterback, who previously fractured the same clavicle in a Week 2 game against the Eagles and missed the next seven contests. He'll still undergo the necessary X-rays before another fracture is confirmed, but it's believed that another long absence is in store for Romo. The Cowboys were trailing 30-6 when Romo departed at the end of the third quarter and look poised to fall to 3-8, which would effectively quash their playoff hopes, especially if Romo ends up missing the remainder of the season. Matt Cassel replaced Romo in Thursday's game and will likely take over as the starting quarterback if Romo is indeed ruled out for the Week 13 matchup with Washington and beyond.
News: Romo left the Cowboys' Thanksgiving Day game against the Panthers as the third quarter expired after landing hard on his left shoulder, Brandon George of the Dallas Morning News reports.
Impact: Romo was brought to the ground on a Thomas Davis sack and fell on the same shoulder in which he suffered a broken clavicle in Week 2, which sidelined him for seven games. With the Cowboys trailing 30-6 at the time of Romo's departure, he won't return to the game, and it seems plausible that he suffered another significant injury. There won't be official word on the exact nature of Romo's injury until he receives X-rays from team trainers, but as he was exiting the field, he seemed to be holding his arm in a manner that suggested he may have sustained another fracture. Prior to suffering the worrisome injury, Romo had been in the midst of a terrible day, completing 11-of-21 passes for 106 yards, no touchdowns, and three interceptions -- two of which were pick-sixes. Matt Cassel came on to replace Romo in the game and would be set to take back the starting job for the Week 13 matchup against Washington if Romo ends up being sidelined.
News: Church (ankle) is questionable to return to Thursday's game against the Panthers due to a calf injury, Brandon George of the Dallas Morning News reports.
Impact: Church has soldiered through a high-ankle sprain the past few weeks, but perhaps his insistence on playing through the pain has caught up to him. Entering the game as the Cowboys' leading tackler (and third among the NFL's defensive backs) with 77 on the season, IDP owners should watch his health with interest in advance of the Cowboys' Week 13 contest at Washington on Dec. 7.
News: McFadden (groin) is active for Thursday's contest against the Panthers, David Helman of the Cowboys' official site reports.
Impact: McFadden is likely the safest play among the skill-position players in Dallas due to his immense workload. Expect him to surpass 20 touches for a sixth game in a row against a Carolina defense that has given up 120.5 total yards per outing to running backs this season.
News: Bryant (foot/knee) is active for Thursday's game versus the Panthers, David Helman of the Cowboys' official site reports.
Impact: Bryant continues to tend to lingering foot and knee injuries, but he'll brush them off for a third contest in a row. With the emerging Josh Norman likely lined up across from him, Bryant's modest volume may not yield the desired results, barring a visit to the end zone.
News: Romo (shoulder/back) is active for Thursday's game against the Panthers, David Helman of the Cowboys' official site reports.
Impact: Romo will make his second start in a row following a seven-game absence due to a broken left clavicle. However, he'll have his work cut out for him against the Panthers' fifth-ranked scoring defense (19.1 points allowed per outing).
News: Romo is reportedly out for the season after injuring the same shoulder Thursday that sidelined him for seven games this season. Matt Cassel replaced him in a 33-14 loss to Carolina.
Impact: Romo, who threw three interceptions and had two of them returned for touchdowns, didn't get up after he was sacked by linebacker Thomas Davis on the final play of the third quarter Thursday. Romo was favoring his left shoulder as he walked off the field,and has a broken clavicle. Romo's owner, Jerry Jones, said the team needs more information to know Romo's status for the rest of the season, and the 35-year-old quarterback will have more tests Friday.
News: Bryant was held in check during Thursday's loss.
Impact: Bryant finished with two catches for 27 yards and spent more time yapping at the Panthers' defensive backs who were shutting him down than he did making plays. The talkative Bryant is a major fantasy bust.