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Monday Morning QB: Injury Bug

6a00e54f7fc4c5883301b7c6e73fa5970bThe injury bug is bad, especially when it happens to a quarterback. Three quarterbacks were injured in Week 2. Dallas Cowboys Quarterback Tony Romo broke his left collarbone in the third quarter of the Cowboys’ 20-10 win over the Philadelphia Eagles. The Cowboys were up 13-0 when Romo lost a fumble when he was sacked. Driven into the ground by Eagles’ rookie linebacker Jordan Hicks, Romo clutched his left shoulder as he lay on his back. Eventually he rose and made his way to the locker-room. After x-rays, he reappeared on the sideline with his left arm in a sling. “I’ll be back,” vowed Romo, who is expected to miss at least eight weeks. “But it’s going to take a little bit of time.” Romo missed the last 10 games of the 2010 season with a broken collarbone. “I felt it, and it had a bit of a ‘pop’ to it,” he said. “Obviously, I felt it before. Stuff happens, it’s the NFL,” added Romo, who missed the final game of 2013 with a back injury that required surgery and missed one game last year with two fractures in his back. “The NFL is really about adversity and how you handle it,” he said. Tony Romo wasn’t the only one to go down with pain.

Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler completed his first eight passes against the Arizona Cardinals then threw an interception and suffered achicago-bears-quarterback-jay-cutler
hamstring injury in a tackling attempt. He missed the rest of the game (Arizona won 48-23). It is expected that he will miss at least 2 weeks. “Guys have to step up when guys go down,” backup quarterback Jimmy Clausen said. “That’s the situation we’re in right now.”

temp_MH20266--nfl_mezz_1280_1024New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees acknowledged he was feeling it in his right shoulder after a second quarter sack in a 26-19 loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Brees downplayed the chance of long-term repercussions. “I’d say it affected me on a few of the throws down the field,” Brees said. “They just didn’t come out very well..that’s the season. Everybody’s dealing with something.” An orthopedic surgeon did comfirm the original diagnosis: a bruised rotator cuff, but there is no indication of a tear.

Now in week 3 you can add Ben Rothlisberger to the growing list.  He suffered an MCL tear and a bone bruise on his fibula, according to the Post-Gazette, which will reportedly keep him out for the next 4-6 weeks.

Here’s to hoping the injury bug stays away from the NFL.

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