After injuring his left collarbone three times over the past five years, Tony Romo plans to undergo surgery during the offseason. The Dallas Cowboys quarterback intends to have the procedure to plate his left clavicle in an attempt to prevent future injuries, according to Ed Werder of ESPN.
Romo told reporters last week that he is scheduled to have a CT scan of his collarbone this week as he continues his recovery. He also mentioned that he has "a pretty good idea" about which way the decision would go. The scan is said to determine the strength of the bone and whether it can tolerate the insertion of a plate and screws. If successful, it could go a long way toward preventing aggravation or another fracture.
Since 2010, Cowboys quarterback has broken his left clavicle three times, including twice in the past season. The first injury came on September 20 against the Philadelphia Eagles. He then missed seven games after that. Romo sustained his most recent injury in a game against the Carolina Panthers on Thanksgiving last year after playing in only four games in the season. Since then, Romo says that his collarbone has gotten stronger through rehabilitation, and he has been able participate in more rigid training harder in the past three weeks.
Apart from his shoulder, the quarterback also talked about his back, which has also been surgically repaired in the past. "It's as strong as it's been in three or four years," Romo told Dallas News. "That's exciting because you don't know that when you first go through some of the back troubles early on and have surgery, you don't know how it's going to come out, but I'm seeing a very strong side to it now where I'm able to do things that I wasn't able to do even last year."
In another area of the Cowboys' roster, a piece posted by Stephen Forsha for football blog NFL Spin Zone suggests that the team will benefit from signing Ronald Blair, one of Appalachian State's top defensive ends. Forsha observes that the Cowboys' defense needs some improvement from their recent 4-12 season. As such, the club would likely need to add some depth to their defensive roster by acquiring Blair during a late-round selection.
The Greensboro, Georgia native was a redshirt senior this past football season for the Appalachian State Mountaineers. He is a 6-feet-3-inch tall, 272-pound defensive end who is ranked as the 19th defensive end on CBS Sports' Draft Prospect Rankings.