(Tony Romo & Dez Bryant photos courtesy of the Dallas Cowboys)
Talk of Fame Network
Injuries are supposed to be a part of the game of football.
But some injuries are a bigger part of the game than others.
Ask the Dallas Cowboys.
They were motoring along at 2-0 this fall in defense of their NFC East championship when their resident Pro Bowl quarterback and NFL passing champion Tony Romo went down with a broken collarbone. The Cowboys haven’t won since, losing five consecutive games to fall into the NFC East cellar at 2-5.
So when we asked our listeners and readers on this week’s Talk of Fame Network poll which injury this season has been the most devastating, Romo won in a landslide over a host of other Pro Bowlers.
Romo received 87.7 percent of the vote, followed by his teammate wide receiver Dez Bryant at 4.5 percent, then Baltimore pass rusher Terrell Suggs at 3.9 percent, Kansas City halfback Jamaal Charles at 2.6 percent and New York Giants pass rusher Jason Pierre-Paul at 1.3 percent.
Bryant went down in the season opener with a broken foot, and the Cowboys went 1-4 during his absence. He returned last weekend against the Seattle Seahawks. Romo was placed on the injured reserve-designated to return list by the Cowboys and is expected back on the field for the Miami game Nov. 22.
Romo completed 69.9 percent of his passes for 3,705 yards with 34 touchdowns and only nine interceptions in 2014 as the Cowboys won the NFC East for the first time in five years with a 12-4 record. Filling in for Romo, backup quarterbacks Brandon Weeden and Matt Cassel have combined to throw for two touchdowns with five interceptions in those five losses this season. Last week, in a 13-12 loss to Seattle, Cassel failed to throw for 100 yards.
Suggs suffered a season-ending Achilles injury in the opener, and the Ravens have struggled without him, going 2-6. Pierre-Paul has missed the entire season after an offseason fireworks accident that damaged his right hand. Charles tore up a knee in the fifth week against Chicago that has ended his season. The Giants are 4-4 without Pierre-Paul, and the Chiefs are now 3-5.