Report: Tony Romo leaning toward off-season surgery

By Vincent Frank

Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo put off surgery on his broken left clavicle last season in order to help the team overcome what were some major injury issues.

He then returned to action on Thanksgiving, re-injuring the collarbone in a loss to the Carolina Panthers.

Even then, Romo decided against surgery on the off-chance that he might be able to help the team earn a playoff spot later in the season.

Now with a disastrous 2015 campaign behind both Romo and the Cowboys, it appears the Pro Bowl quarterback will indeed undergo surgery to repair the collarbone.

From the Dallas Morning News:

“After three more weeks of consideration, Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo is leaning more toward undergoing a Mumford procedure on his left clavicle than attaching a plate over the mending collarbone, according to a source.”

Without the procedure, Romo would be left vulnerable to reoccurring issues. This was magnified after he returned too early from his initial injury last season.

Remember, Romo also missed 10 games back in the 2010 season due to the same injury.

Cowboys CEO Stephen Jones had this to say at the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis on Tuesday:

“We don’t have a final (decision). Obviously that’s something that he’ll decide to have it or not decide to have it. It’s preventative type surgery, and I think he’s wanting to make sure if he does do it it’s the right way to do it.”

The surgery, called the Mumford procedure, seems to make the most sense in this situation. As mentioned above, neither the Cowboys nor Romo want to see this issue continuing to pop up over the next few seasons.

At 35 years old and with a checkered injury history, it seems possible that the Cowboys will look for Romo’s heir apparent in the draft.

They boast the No. 4 overall pick, at which point one of the top three quarterbacks will most certainly be on the board.

Regarding Romo’s future with the Cowboys, it’s highly likely that he will be with the team for at least the next couple years.

Due to multiple contract restructures, the dead money hit Dallas would take against the cap by releasing Romo sits at $19.6 million in 2017 and $8.9 million in 2018 — numbers that will assuredly increase should Dallas attempt to lower his $20.8 million cap hit this year.

If Romo were to undergo surgery, the expected time frame for recovery is six-to-eight weeks. This would enable him to take part in the team’s off-season activities starting in May.

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