The Cowboys will not immediately place Tony Romo on injured reserve. With their playoff hopes still alive, they will carry the starting quarterback on the roster, sources confirmed.
ESPN first reported the news.
Romo, 35, fractured his collarbone for the second time in 10 weeks. He needs six to eight weeks for the hairline fracture to heal.
The Cowboys, who are in the NFC East basement but only two games behind the leaders in the division, have five games remaining. The wild-card playoff games are Jan. 9-10.
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Romo initially fractured his left collarbone in a Week 2 game at Philadelphia. The Cowboys placed him on short-term injured reserve, and he missed seven games.
Dallas went 0-7 without him. It is 3-1 with him.
Matt Cassel, 0-4 as the team’s starter this season, will start this week against Washington. The Cowboys will sign Kellen Moore from the practice squad to backup Cassel.
On Monday, they released running back Trey Williams, who was claimed by the Patriots. They could place defensive end Ryan Russell, who has played only one game this season, on injured reserve with an abdomen strain.