Tony Romo is out through midseason with a back injury

By Anthony Caruso III

The Dallas Cowboys worst fears have come true. Tony Romo will miss more time with injuries.

On Thurs. night against the Seattle Seahawks, he was hit hard in the back. It was one of 16 preseason snaps he took — and left the game immediately after the hit.

However, news broke this afternoon that Romo suffered an injury on the hit, even though he said he was fine after the game. With this new injury, he’ll be out six-to-ten weeks.

Tony Romo (Getty Images)

Tony Romo (Getty Images)

Without Romo last season, they won just one game and were 4-12 on the season. According to ESPN‘s Ed Werder, Troy Aikman retired because of recurring back injuries — not concussions — at 34.

Romo has had multiple back surgeries and injuries and is already at 36. If Romo does step away, the already believe they have the quarterback of the future in Dak Prescott, their 2016 fourth-rounder.

Romo’s on the books through the 2020 season at which time he’ll be 40-years-old. He’s being paid $8.5 million this season at 36-years-old.

He’s scheduled to have a $14 million base salary with a $5 million signing bonus next season. He carries a $19.6 dead cap space next season, as well, while having a $24.7 million cap hit.

While he has high base salaries in 2018 ($19.5 million) and 2019 ($20.5 million), his dead cap space is slow. In 2018, it’s $8.9 million and $3.2 million the following year.

Now, the Cowboys will have to start a rookie quarterback for the fourth-time in franchise history to begin the season. Prescott looked pretty good in their three preseason games so far.

Prescott will now have to lead the team against the New York Giants to open the season. It’s also the first-time in history that they’ve started a rookie quarterback and a rookie running back in the same backfield for the season opener.

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