The Dallas Cowboys' worst fears were confirmed Sunday when Tony Romo, who left a preseason game writhing in pain Thursday after a hit by Cliff Avril of the Seattle Seahawks, has been diagnosed with a broken bone in his back, sidelining the Dallas QB for the next 6 to 10 weeks. This, of course, means that Romo will miss the Sept. 11 season opener against the New York Giants.
That means rookie fourth-round pick Dak Prescott, who has had an outstanding preseason, will quarterback the Cowboys when they face the Giants Week 1. Prescott has completed 39-of-50 passes for 454 yards, five touchdowns and no interceptions.
Personally speaking, I was particularly high on Prescott coming out in the draft. He had improved each year at Mississippi State, transforming himself from a runner who could throw a bit to a true quarterback who was also a threat to run.
That being said, the question has to he asked: what does this latest injury, which insures that Romo will once again fail to play a full NFL season, mean for his career? Is it over if Prescott plays well enough? But more to the point for the Giants, can they capitalize on the rookie thrust into the starting role and get off to the fast start they so desperately need?
Want to see how Cowboys' fans are taking the news? Check the reaction at SB Nation's Blogging the Boys to find out.