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Romo will not need shoulder surgery

IRVING, Texas — Tony Romo does not need surgery on his broken left collarbone, and doctors expect the Cowboys quarterback to miss up to eight weeks.

With 10 weeks left in a season that's off to a 1-5 start, there might not be much reason for Romo to return until 2011.

"We have one game left, one game," coach Wade Phillips said, refusing to look beyond the upcoming weekend. "You can talk about 10 games and a hard schedule and all that, but we've got one game left and we're going to try to win that ballgame."

Romo broke his left collarbone on a hard hit by unblocked linebacker Michael Boley early in the second quarter of Monday night's 41-35 loss to the Giants. Romo spent the second half watching, his arm in a sling. Tuesday he was checked out more extensively, including a CT scan.

Jon Kitna, 38, will take over. The former Pro Bowl quarterback hadn't thrown a pass in more than two years and was out of whack for much of the second and third quarters Monday. He threw two touchdowns in the final few minutes.

"I think he'll do a good job," Phillips said. "That's why we got him — in case things like this happen."

Stephen McGee is Kitna's backup.

Owner Jerry Jones said he still supports Phillips.

League praise won't sway Steelers' Tomlin

PITTSBURGH — Mike Tomlin didn't like it when the league was criticizing his players. Apparently, he doesn't like it any better now that the league is praising them.

Ray Anderson, the NFL vice president for football operations, applauded linebacker James Harrison for "heeding our emphasis" by avoiding a dangerous hit Sunday in Miami like the one on Browns receiver Mohamed Massaquoi the week before. Harrison was fined $75,000 for the Massaquoi hit, though he wasn't penalized on the play.

Tomlin insisted last week that Harrison's hit was permissible under NFL rules, and Steelers president Art Rooney II agreed. Now Tomlin appears unhappy that anyone is suggesting the Steelers softened their style in defeating Miami.

"I didn't see anything of that nature," Tomlin said Tuesday. "If I appear short, it's because it's somewhat insulting to me to assume that we're doing anything under any normal circumstances other than trying to play within the rules. That how our guys play, that's how we coach."

BENGALS: Cornerback Adam "Pacman" Jones' comeback season was cut short by a neck injury. He suffered a herniated disk Sunday against Atlanta, not long after having one of the game's highlights by ripping the ball from receiver Roddy White and returning it for a touchdown. The injury might require surgery. Jones was out of football last year after a string of off-field problems.

BRONCOS: Rookie cornerback Perrish Cox, who took a blow to the head in the third quarter Sunday against Oakland, remembered nothing of the game before watching it on tape. … The team re-signed free agent defensive tackle Le Kevin Smith.

JAGUARS: Starting quarterback David Garrard was cleared to practice this week and play Sunday after passing post-concussion tests.

VIKINGS: The league fined coach Brad Childress $35,000 for publicly blasting officiating, and for disclosing confidential conversations with the head of the officiating department.

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