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NFL AM: Cowboys Quarterback Tony Romo To Undergo Collarbone Surgery

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After months of debate on the matter, Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo has finally decided to go forward with surgery on his left collarbone.

Next week, Romo will reportedly undergo a Mumford procedure, also known as a distal clavicle resection. As part of the procedure, the distal portion of the quarterback’s clavicle will be shaved down, which is expected to alleviate pressure on the shoulder. The procedure is expected to sideline Romo for 6-8 weeks, but Dallas believes he will be available for OTA and minicamp, as well as training camp and the season. The surgery will be his third since 2013, when he had two separate surgeries on his back.

The Cowboys quarterback has been mulling whether or not to have a plate inserted into the collarbone, which would have strengthened the area. But after a series of tests, including x-rays and CT scans to determine how well the injury had healed, Romo chose instead to go with the Mumford procedure, which is noted medically as a preferable solution because inserting a plate would put more long-term stress on the collarbone.

The Dallas signal-caller has broken his collarbone three times since 2010, including twice last season alone, and has been hoping to find a way to make sure that can’t happen again.

“We’re asking a lot of people to get enough data to figure it out,” Romo said in February. “The reality of it is, it’s a collarbone, and if the collarbone doesn’t hurt, I should be good to go to play out the final four to five years. That’s all we’re trying to ensure.”

Romo’s fragility, as well as his age — he’ll be 36 years old in April — has Dallas thinking about their future at the quarterback position now more than ever. He missed 12 games last season thanks to the two injuries, and the Cowboys went 1-11 in those games. In games he started, they were 3-1. Their 4-12 overall record landed Dallas the No. 4 overall pick in the NFL Draft, which has led to flirtations with top quarterback prospects.

However, both Cowboys owner Jerry Jones and coach Jason Garrett have downplayed their concern over Romo’s long-term health. Jones has said repeatedly he believes his QB has 4-5 good years left and Garrett says Dallas must be fully committed to their starter but be ready for any adversity.

“If Tony is our starting quarterback we anticipate him being the starting quarterback for the whole year,” Garrett said. “He has had injuries, we have to be mindful of that – but you have to be mindful of that with any player on your team. You have to build your team the right way. One of the things we’ve talked about as an organization is we have to handle the adversity of the season better. That starts with how we build our football team, how we coach our football team and how our players respond to adversity over the course of 16 weeks. We’ll try to do that right here from the outset. That’s why the personnel evaluations are so critical.”

The Cowboys went deep into personnel evaluations with at least one of the projected first round quarterbacks, North Dakota State’s Carson Wentz, who they coached at the Senior Bowl, and came away impressed with the prospect. But with various needs all over their defense, Dallas will have to weigh the value of drafting a quarterback so highly just for him to sit behind Romo for several years. Jones did note this week that doing so could make the younger quarterback a better player in the long run.

“If a player came in here and played behind him three or four years, he would come out with a Harvard degree in how to play quarterback in my mind. He would be that influential,” Jones said of Romo. “And it would open up an area of how to play the game that we all would agree has a certain unique style to it – Romo.”

There’s no arguing that the Cowboys need to develop a backup plan at quarterback. Whether that means a first round pick like Wentz or Jared Goff, a later round pick like Dak Prescott or Jeff Driskel, or a free agent signing like Robert Griffin III or Chase Daniel remains to be seen. But if Dallas goes into the 2016 season with another cast of castoffs like Matt Cassell and Kellen Moore behind Romo, they’re just asking for trouble.

SUGGS ARRESTED AFTER SINGLE-CAR ACCIDENT

Baltimore Ravens linebacker Terrell Suggs is in some hot water after running his BMW into a wall and leaving the scene of the accident in Scottsdale, Arizona early Friday.

Police followed a fluid trail from the accident site to a parking lot, where the car was spotted carrying damage. Suggs was questioned there and found to be unimpaired by drugs or alcohol, however they did discover that the NFL veteran was driving on a suspended license, which forced them to arrest and detain him.

In the arrest video released by the Scottsdale Police Department, Suggs can be seen pleading with officers that they need not get involved, to no avail.

“Involving you guys is pretty bad news,” Suggs said when asked why he didn’t report the incident to the police immediately. “Two, I do have a suspended license, but I’m around the corner. I fell asleep. I haven’t been drinking. You all can do all the little tests. I didn’t involve you all because if you … did your research, I am an athlete. We do kind of got a bad rep right now.”

The 33-year-old was cited for leaving the scene of an accident and driving on a suspended license and released. A statement released by Suggs’ representatives tells a slightly different story than the one Suggs revealed in the police video.

“This morning, Terrell Suggs was in a single-car collision. No one was injured. Police were called, and upon speaking with Terrell found his license to be suspended for speeding tickets. He was detained by the police and released a couple hours later. Terrell will let the judicial system take its course and fix his license issues.”

Fixing his license issues might be even more trouble now for the six-time Pro Bowler and former NFL Defensive Player of the Year, who is recovering from a torn achilles suffered in the first week of the 2015 season.

But this latest incident again begs the question, why do multi-million dollar athletes ever drive themselves anywhere late at night? Call a car, guys. Uber makes it way too easy. There’s no reason to risk your career over something so stubborn and stupid.

BROWNS’ BRYANT LATEST TAGGED WITH 4-GAME NFL BAN

Speaking of NFL players getting in trouble for stupid reasons, Cleveland Browns linebacker Armonty Bryant, who was indicted last month on two counts of felony drug possession and is awaiting trial on those charges, has been suspended by the league.

The NFL announced on Friday that Bryant has been suspended for the first four games of the 2016 season for a violation of the league’s policy on performance enhancing drugs. The drugs found in Bryant’s possession by police were Adderall and Oxycodone, a big NFL no-no without a prescription to take those medications.

Bryant was indicted on Feb. 10 and plead not guilty to the charges at his arraignment two weeks later.

The charges stem from a traffic stop on Christmas morning 2015 in Cleveland, when Bryant was the passenger in a car that was pulled over for speeding at 2:15 a.m. A search of the car revealed three pills, two Oxycodones and an Adderall, as well as a Glock with a 22-round magazine. The gun belonged to Bryant’s then teammate De’Ante Saunders, who was the driver of the car. Saunders was charged with improperly handling a weapon in a motor vehicle and has since been indicted as well.

Saunders was released from the Browns practice squad after the incident while Bryant was made inactive by Cleveland for the final two games of the season. Tacking on the four-game league suspension means the 25-year-old Bryant, who started to emerge as a serious playmaker during his third NFL season last year and compiled 5.5 sacks which ranked second on the team, will now miss a total of six games as a result of his poor decisions.

Bryant is the second NFL player tagged with a four-game suspension for 2016, following Dallas’ Randy Gregory who was suspended for a violation of the league’s substance abuse policy two weeks ago. The new league year doesn’t begin for another four days, so we’re already off to a great start!


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