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Tony Romo expects to have surgery on collarbone

Tony Romo missed 12 games this season with a fractured left collarbone.
Tony Romo missed 12 games this season with a fractured left collarbone. Special to the Star-Telegram

Tony Romo expects to have surgery to strengthen his left collarbone this offseason, sources confirmed on Sunday.

Romo, who turns 36 in April, missed 12 games this past season after fracturing his collarbone twice during the season. He missed seven games after breaking his collarbone in Week 2 at Philadelphia, and then re-fractured it on Thanksgiving Day against Carolina in his second game back.

Romo had a similar injury in 2010.

If Romo undergoes surgery, as expected, he’ll have a small plate inserted in hopes of decreasing the chance of it breaking again. Romo is scheduled to undergo a CT scan this coming week, and a final decision should be made shortly afterward.

Romo spoke to reporters on Saturday about the possibility of surgery and, if he goes that route, said he should be ready to participate when OTAs begin in the spring. The expected recovery timeline is 6-8 weeks.

“We have a pretty good idea,” Romo said. “I think we know which way we’re siding and some of the things. We’ve had exhaustive discussions about it. It’s going to be good. It’s about being there for your teammates. I know what I mean to our team. I just need to do everything in my power to make sure I’m on that football field.”

The Cowboys went 1-11 without Romo at quarterback this season.

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