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Tony Romo has a broken bone in his back, reportedly out 6 to 10 weeks

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This is the fourth straight season that Romo will miss time.

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The Dallas Cowboys announced today that Tony Romo suffered a broken bone in his back during his hit in the 1st quarter of yesterday's preseason game against the Seahawks.

The Cowboys, through David Helman and Rob Phillips, both from DallasCowboys.com, claim that the team do not have a timetable for his return and that his situation is day to day. However Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk and Peter King of Sports Illustrated state that Romo is out at least six weeks, with the target return game the first Eagles-Cowboys tilt on October 30th:

UPDATE:

Todd Archer of ESPN reports it is a compound fracture of the L1 vertebrae.

Even if Romo is able to return in time to face the Eagles, this still has implications for the Eagles. The Cowboys open the season against the Giants and Redskins, and then play two 2015 playoff teams in the Bengals and Packers before their Week 7 bye prior to the Eagles game. With the NFC East seemingly wide open, missing Romo for the first six games of the season could put the Cowboys out of the running. Dallas went 1-11 in Romo's absence last year.