Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo’s season is over after he re-injured his left collarbone in Thursday’s 33-14 loss to the Carolina Panthers.
A miserable night for Dallas was capped when Romo was injured on the final play of the third quarter as he was sacked by Panthers linebacker Thomas Davis, suffering a hairline fracture of his left collarbone.
Romo missed seven weeks with a broken clavicle earlier this season and the team reported he reinjured the same bone.
A CT scan taken on Friday showed the break, but Romo will not need surgery, according to Cowboys owner Jerry Jones.
Dallas (3-8) were previously 0-7 with Romo out of the line-up as back-ups Brandon Weeden and Matt Cassel struggled in his absence.
The 35-year-old quarterback said the feeling he had after being sacked by Davis was "similar" to what he felt when he broke the collarbone in a September 20 win over the Philadelphia Eagles.
"Going to the ground you could hear something happen," Romo said. "You're just disappointed and feel like I don't know what is going to happen. We'll see."
Cowboys coach Jason Garrett had said initial X-rays were negative and wanted to wait until Romo had been evaluated further before deciding if the QB could play again this season.
"If Tony's ready to play, he's going to play," Garrett said. "All hands on deck. Everybody who's available is playing."
On Romo's previous two collarbone breaks, X-rays were able to show the fractures. Owner and general manager Jerry Jones said Romo suffered six or seven breaks in the collarbone from the hit against Philadelphia.
Before Romo left, he helped tip the game in the Panthers' favour as they returned two of his interceptions for touchdowns.
Carolina safety Kurt Coleman and linebacker Luke Kuechly scored on pick-sixes in the first half to propel the Panthers to a 23-3 lead at half-time.