FRIDAY, 3:14pm: The Cowboys have officially placed Romo on IR, tweets Ian Rapoport of NFL.com. To fill the open roster spot, Dallas promoted quarterback Jameill Showers from the practice squad.
MONDAY, 11:14am: Following the Cowboys’ Saturday loss to the Jets, the club was officially eliminated from the postseason, prompting owner Jerry Jones to indicate that he expected quarterback Tony Romo to head to injured reserve. Citing a source, David Moore of the Dallas Morning News confirms that will indeed be the case, with Romo set to land on IR within the next few days.
Romo, who re-injured his collarbone in a Thanksgiving loss to the Panthers, had remained on the Cowboys’ 53-man roster over the last few weeks, as the team held out hope that its starting quarterback could return to action in the playoffs. Dallas hung around a little longer than expected in the weak NFC East, but with three teams ahead of them in the standings, the Cowboys never seemed like a real threat to win the division once Romo went down for a second time.
Romo, 35, will officially finish the 2015 season with 884 yards, five touchdowns, and seven interceptions in four games. Despite Romo’s somewhat pedestrian numbers, the club won three of his four starts, and has gone 1-9 in games started by Brandon Weeden and Matt Cassel. Kellen Moore will become the fourth quarterback to get a start for the Cowboys this season, with head coach Jason Garrett announcing this morning that Moore will get the nod in Week 16 against the Bills.