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Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo begins recovery after collarbone surgery

Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo has a six to eight week recovery period after surgery on his left clavicle Tuesday.
Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo has a six to eight week recovery period after surgery on his left clavicle Tuesday. Special to the Star-Telegram

Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo underwent successful surgery Tuesday on his left collarbone.

Romo opted for the Mumford procedure over having a plate inserted in his shoulder in hopes of preventing a re-break of his clavicle. The Mumford procedure consists of having part of his distal clavicle shaved off or removed to reduce stress.

It is a common procedure that Cowboys running back Emmitt Smith had following the 1993 season on the way to a Hall of Fame career.

Romo is sticking to his promise to do whatever he can to prevent a re-break of the clavicle. It has been broken three times previously _ once in 2010 and twice in 2015 when he just played two full games.

One reason Romo and the Cowboys waited so long to have the surgery is because they were waiting for the collarbone to heal from the latest fracture against the Carolina Panthers on Nov. 26, according to the source.

As owner Jerry Jones said last week at the NFL Scouting combine, there is no angst among the Cowboys about Romo’s return and long-term prognosis.

Romo is expected to be sidelined six to eight weeks. He should be ready for on-field team activities in May and mini-camp in June.

Tony Romo updated the status of his collarbone, as well as talked Cowboys draft, during a promotional event at Legoland on Saturday. Video by Drew Davison.

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