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Cowboys put Tony Romo on short-term IR as expected

The Cowboys will place Tony Romo on short-term IR, forcing him to miss at least eight weeks as his fractured left collarbone heals.
The Cowboys will place Tony Romo on short-term IR, forcing him to miss at least eight weeks as his fractured left collarbone heals. Star-Telegram

The Cowboys placed Tony Romo on injured reserve/designated return as expected. The team made the move official Tuesday afternoon.

Romo, who fractured his left collarbone Sunday, can practice with the team in six weeks (Nov. 4). He can’t play for eight weeks, which was the prognosis given for his return.

With a bye on Oct. 18, Romo might miss only seven games with a return for the Nov. 22 game at Miami. The Cowboys then host a Thanksgiving Day game four days later.

The Cowboys need the roster spot to sign a backup quarterback.

Brandon Weeden now is the only healthy quarterback on Dallas’ 53-player roster. The Cowboys are working out quarterbacks Christian Ponder, Matt Flynn, Josh Johnson and McLeod Bethel-Thompson today.

Owner Jerry Jones said earlier today that the Cowboys will look at all options before deciding on Weeden’s backup.

“We’ve got several ways to approach this, as far as bringing in a new quarterback that’s not on the roster. Let’s put it that way,” Jones said on his weekly radio show on The Fan (105.3 FM). “Because of that and because of several avenues that we’re looking at, it doesn’t make a signing today a sure thing.”

The Cowboys have Kellen Moore and Jameill Showers on their practice squad. Moore has never played a down despite spending three seasons on the Lions’ 53-player roster. Showers is a developmental prospect.

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