Friday, December 15, 2017
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Shoulder ends Romo's year

ARLINGTON, Texas — Tony Romo knew he was risking another left collarbone injury by coming back eight weeks after breaking it. The Cowboys quarterback won't have to worry about another return. He's out for the season this time.

Romo will sit out the remaining five games with a small fracture in the same collarbone that previously sidelined him for seven games, owner and general manager Jerry Jones said on his radio show Friday.

Romo will not need surgery after getting hurt in the third quarter of Thursday's 33-14 loss to the Panthers. He didn't need surgery after breaking the collarbone in Week 2 at Philadelphia, either. It's the third fracture in Romo's nonthrowing shoulder in his nine years as the Dallas starter.

"The hard part is playing when you're trying not to get hurt, which is silly," Romo said after he threw three interceptions and Carolina returned two for touchdowns. "I'm disappointed in costing our team a good chance to stay in the game early. … It's just a disappointing day."

Romo was in his second game back after the Cowboys lost seven straight without him.

"We felt that the risk was worth the potential of having him be the impact he can be and he is on our team," Jones said. "You shouldn't ever quit trying to do something that is extraordinary."

Matt Cassel, who started four games during Romo's first absence, will start.

Browns-Manziel soap opera: Browns coach Mike Pettine didn't deny he demoted Johnny Manziel from starting quarterback to third on the depth chart partly because Manziel lied to him. Fox Sports reported Thursday that Manziel told the Browns the party video that surfaced online Monday showing him holding what appears to be a large champagne bottle while singing and dancing in an Austin, Texas, nightclub last week was old. Asked why Manziel was still on the team after lying to the coaching staff, Pettine said he was "not going there." Josh McCown will start when the Browns host the Ravens on Monday. Austin Davis is the backup.

RODGERS LOST FEELING: Quarterback Aaron Rodgers' left hand didn't feel bad enough that he needed to come out of Thursday's 17-13 loss to the Bears, Green Bay's fourth loss in five games, perhaps because he couldn't feel it at all. "I lost feeling in my hand for a good portion of the game there in the third quarter (and) fourth quarter," Rodgers said after the game. "I'm waiting to get it back in a couple of fingers, but it's okay in the first three." A hit to the elbow caused the problem. Rodgers went to the sideline holding his left wrist, but he didn't miss any plays. He said he did not expect the problem to linger. There was no update Friday.

Broncos: DeMarcus Ware's lower back injury will keep the linebacker out Sunday against the Patriots. Ware hasn't played since aggravating the injury versus the Colts on Nov. 8.

Eagles: Coach Chip Kelly said defensive coordinator Billy Davis would stay put after the team was blown out for the second time in less than a week. It lost 45-14 at Detroit on Thursday after losing 45-17 to the Bucs on Sunday. "Everything, everybody, we'll look at all of it," Davis said.

Falcons: Former FSU running back Devonta Freeman, recovering from a concussion, will not play Sunday against the Vikings. Rookie Tevin Coleman is expected to start.

Jets: Cornerback Darrelle Revis will not play against the Dolphins on Sunday because of a concussion.

Rams: Unless Case Keenum passes the concussion protocol today, benched starter Nick Foles will start at quarterback Sunday against the Bengals.

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