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Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo out four weeks with fractured pinkie

IRVING -- The Dallas Cowboys have lost two of their last three games and have now lost their Pro Bowl quarterback.

Tony Romo suffered a fractured pinkie finger on his right hand and could be lost for up to four weeks. The Cowboys next three games are at St. Louis, home against Tampa Bay and at New York Giants before the bye week. Romo could return at Washington on Nov. 16.

Cowboys head coach Wade Phillips termed the injury more week-to-week and his finger would not require surgery. Romo suffered the injury on the first play of overtime.

The Cowboys now turn to 40-year-old backup Brad Johnson, who is in his 17th year and owns a Super Bowl championship with Tampa Bay in 2002. Johnson started 14 games in Minnesota in 2006, throwing for nine touchdowns and 15 interceptions, and will be making his first start with the Cowboys.

Johnson expects to bring a drastic difference to the Cowboys offense, which may be forced to rely on more shorts passes due to his limited arm strength. He also lacks the mobility of Romo.

Dallas also has Brooks Bollinger, who was signed by the Cowboys on Sept. 8. Bollinger will take some first-team snaps this week, but the Cowboys are committed to Johnson as the starter.

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