Tony Romo has broken his left collarbone three times since 2010 and did it twice in a span of 10 weeks this past season — a big reason why the Cowboys finished the season 4-12 after going 12-4 in 2014 with a lot of the same roster.
Now, he's looking for a fix and to try his best to prevent that from happening again with his window to win closing with each passing hit he takes.
Romo is going to have surgery, that much we know. We just don't which kind of procedure he'll have yet. There was talk after the season that he would likely have a plate inserted over the clavicle, but now it seems he's leaning more toward a less invasive surgery known as the Mumford procedure, according to the Dallas Morning News, which is where a portion of the distal clavicle is shaved off or removed.
Romo still has to make the final decision, but both procedures have a recovery of 6-8 weeks, which would have him ready for May OTAs if he has the surgery in March, whichever one he decides.
"We don't have a final [decision]," Cowboys executive vice president Stephen Jones said Tuesday morning from the NFL scouting combine in Indianapolis. "Obviously that's something that he'll decide to have it or not decide to have it. It's preventative type surgery, and I think he's wanting to make sure if he does do it it's the right way to do it."
If the procedure can give Romo five more good years, which he's stated is his goal, then that'd be fantastic. But what Romo doesn't want is to start a run of procedure after procedure, so he'll need to make an educated decision and it sounds like he knows that.