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MRI Reveals Tony Romo Has Broken Bone In His Back, What Now?

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It's the news none of us wanted to hear. Tony Romo has a broken L1 vertebrae in his back. it's the result of a hit he sustained on the third offensive play against the Seahawks on Thursday. Early indications are Tony Romo could miss 6-10 weeks.

According to ESPN, during a conference call Saturday, head coach Jason Garrett declined to rule out Tony Romo for the 2016 home-opener in Dallas, against the New York Giants. It is unclear at this time what type of fracture Romo suffered, and the type could affect his time-frame to return.

Tony Romo is widely considered the best quarterback the Dallas Cowboys have had since Troy Aikman, and we (Inside The Star) consider that a major understatement.

The Cowboys have been in "win now" mode for two, going on three years, with a strong feeling that a Super Bowl at this stage would be more for Tony Romo than perhaps any other player on the team, aside from maybe Jason Witten.

Heading into 2016 with a stacked offense, and rookie RB Ezekiel Elliott, the Cowboys had high hopes of making a deep playoff run, led by Tony Romo. Now, once Romo returns from injury, it's not even clear what kind of shape he'll be in. Romo has played in only half a dozen games since the 2015 preseason.

Due to recent changes to league rules concerning the injured reserved list, teams can now place players on IR and, without prior designation, activate one player from IR during the season. This will help save the roster spot while Romo is out.

Options Without Tony Romo

Rookie quarterback, Dak Prescott, has looked far superior than his experience would indicate. Even though it's only been preseason action so far, Thursday's night game in Seattle saw him playing the Seahawks' vaunted defense for all but three of the first half snaps.

Fans are heavily divided on whether or not Prescott is ready to see significant playing time in Romo's absence, but experts all agree that these early flashes are just that, flashes.

I'm of the opinion that Dak Prescott needs more time learning and preparing before getting the nod at QB, but that's a moot point now.

As it stands now, two of the four quarterbacks on the roster are going to be out until around the bye week. Kellen Moore broke his left ankle during training camp. That leaves just Dak Prescott and Jameill Showers, which will surely send the Cowboys' front office running for a veteran.

Jason Garrett is known for preferring veteran experience at perhaps the most crucial position on the team. In 2015, that veteran presence was filled by the combined efforts of Brandon Weeden, Matt Cassel, and Kellen Moore. There are still several free agent quarterbacks, but none which instill the confidence we'd like moving forward.

Near the top of the list is probably QB, Josh McCown of the Cleveland Browns.

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We'll stay on top of the situation and provide updates as they become available. For an up-to-the-minute look, follow us on Twitter at @CowboysNation for more throughout the day.



Nothing gives me greater joy than the experience of being a Dallas Cowboys fan come time to check another victory on the schedule every Sunday. I live Inside the Star everyday and blog on it occasionally, as well. Follow us on Twitter - @InsideTheStarDC

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BREAKING: Dallas Cowboys Sign Free Agent Safety George Iloka

Jess Haynie

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The Dallas Cowboys have reached a one-year agreement with Safety George Iloka, according to ESPN's Todd Archer. Iloka spent 2018 with the Vikings after six years with the Bengals.

He's started 79 of his 99 career games since being a fifth-round pick by Cincinnati in 2012. Iloka turns 29 years old next week.

Todd Archer on Twitter

The Cowboys have agreed to a one-year deal with safety George Iloka, according to a source. Iloka met with the Cowboys on Friday and was the third safety to meet with the club during the week along with Clayton Geathers and Eric Berry. The Cowboys have... https://t.co/JB5nJLWepc

This isn't the safety that most Cowboys fans wanted. After over a year of pining for Earl Thomas, sights turned to Eric Berry after his free agent visit in Dallas last week.

However, it makes sense that Iloka would be attractive to the Cowboys. At 6'4" and 225 lbs, he fits the physical mold of what Defensive Backs Coach Kris Richard likes in his players. He also is younger than Berry and Thomas without the same recent injury issues.

Iloka becomes one of many Boise St. products on Dallas' roster, joining Tyrone Crawford, DeMarcus Lawrence, Leighton Vander Esch, and others. He entered the league with college teammates Crawford and Kellen Moore, the Cowboys' new offensive coordinator, in 2012.

We'll have to wait and see how George Iloka fits into the current mix at safety with Jeff Heath and Xavier Woods. He spent most of 2018 as a backup with Minnesota, but Dallas will likely give him a chance to start.



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BREAKING: Cowboys Sign Ex-Packers WR Randall Cobb

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BREAKING: Cowboys Sign Ex-Packers WR Randall Cobb

According to multiple sources, the Dallas Cowboys have signed former Green Bay Packers Wide Receiver Randall Cobb to a one-year deal to help bolster their depth at the WR position and potentially become Cole Beasley's replacement.

Adam Schefter on Twitter

Cowboys are giving former Packers' WR Randall Cobb a one-year, $5 million deal, per source. https://t.co/8KWFPjSP8T

The Dallas Cowboys met with Randall Cobb earlier this week, but he eventually left Dallas without a contract. He must've had a change of heart or just needed time to ponder the Cowboys offer, but regardless of what transpired in that short time he is now part of America's Team.

During his time with the Packers, Cobb accumulated 470 receptions for 5,524 receiving yards and 41 touchdowns. The eight-year veteran will now be expected to replace some of Cole Beasley's production out of the slot for the Dallas Cowboys.

After years of watching Beasley as the Cowboys slot WR, it will be really interesting to see Randall Cobb in that role. He's not as quick twitched as No. 11, but can be just as dangerous due to his ability to be more of a down the field receiver. He also brings added value in the return game and could compete with Tavon Austin to become the return specialist.

This could mean the Cowboys forgo drafting a wide receiver early in the 2019 NFL Draft, but I wouldn't put it past them. Regardless of what happens, this is an excellent addition.

Welcome to Cowboys Nation Randall Cobb!



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REPORT: Dallas Cowboys Re-sign Long Snapper L.P. Ladouceur

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L.P. Ladouceur is returning for his 15th season as the Cowboys' long snapper. The veteran free agent was re-signed by Dalals today to a one-year deal.

Thanks to Jason Witten's one-year sabbatical with Monday Night Football, Ladouceur has now been with the Cowboys for more consecutive seasons than any current player. He just turned 38 last week, but Louis-Philippe remains one of the top long snappers in football.

Todd Archer on Twitter

The Cowboys have signed long-snapper L.P. Ladouceur to a one-year deal worth $1.03 million and $90,000 in bonus money, but he will count $735,000 against the cap. This will be Ladouceur's 15th season with the Cowboys, tying Ed "Too Tall" Jones, Mark... https://t.co/2iDsi6RX7e

Retaining Ladouceur is an underrated move for the Cowboys given their situation at kicker.

Brett Maher was only 80% accurate overall on field goals last year. The team could be considering an upgrade in free agency.

Whether they bring Maher back or try someone new, having a long snapper with Ladouceur's performance perfection will make things much easier for them.



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