Romo's broken pinkie to sideline QB at least one more week

Updated: October 22, 2008, 2:04 PM ET
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Tony Romo wanted to play in the Cowboys' loss to the Rams last Sunday, but his broken pinkie wasn't ready. It appears it won't allow him to play for at least another week as well.

Speaking on Terrell Owens' "Inside the Huddle" radio show on Tuesday night, the quarterback said he was disappointed yet feels sitting out Sunday's contest against the Buccaneers is the right decision.

"I'll say it will be Brad [Johnson]," Romo said. "Brad is going to go this week, unless something different happens that we don't foresee. It will be very difficult to change."

Romo, who was injured in Dallas' overtime loss to the Arizona Cardinals on Oct. 12, was expected to be out three to four weeks but had hoped to play last Sunday against St. Louis. He warmed up before the game and said Tuesday he couldn't grab the ball and throw it quickly. Dallas was routed 34-14 with Johnson throwing three interceptions.

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Romo has been wearing a brace on the finger and has thrown in practice, but he indicated he may also miss the Nov. 2 game against the Giants in New York.

"It took a long time to come up what the trainers did [a brace for the finger] and it was awesome what they did," Romo said on the radio show. "But we will go back to the drawing board and see what we can come up with something -- and it is what it is and right now we're going to rally around Brad and hopefully we can get two wins out of this and go into the bye and get everyone healthy and go on from there."

Romo's absence would be a big blow for the slumping Cowboys (4-3), who have lost three of four.

WK 6: Tony Romo highlights

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Tony Romo went 24/39 for 321 yards and 3 TD in the Cowboys 30-24 loss vs. Cardinals.

In 2007, his first full season as a starter, Romo led the Cowboys to an NFC-best 13-3 record, but Dallas was upset by the Giants in the playoffs. He set team records with 335 completions for 4,211 yards and 36 touchdowns.

Against Arizona this season, Romo broke Troy Aikman's team record with his 14th career 300-yard passing game in his 32nd start. Aikman's 13 came in 165 starts.

Romo has completed 64 percent of his passes this season for 1,689 yards and 14 touchdowns with five interceptions.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

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