Dallas quarterback Tony Romo isn’t sure if he will be able to return this season after injuring the same shoulder that sidelined him for seven games this season.
Romo, who threw three interceptions and had two of them returned for touchdowns in a 33-14 loss to undefeated Carolina, was knocked out on the final play of the third quarter Thursday. He stayed down on the field after he was sacked by linebacker Thomas Davis.
The injury was eerily similar to the one in Week 2 against Philadelphia. He rolled over on his left shoulder as he was tackled, and said after the game it was a similar feeling. But he said he would await more test results Friday before knowing whether he could return.
Coach Jason Garrett wouldn’t rule out Romo returning this season, and said he would play if he was cleared even with the Cowboys (3-8) unlikely to have a realistic shot to defend their NFC East title.
The Cowboys lost all seven games that Romo missed with a broken left collarbone before winning in his return at Miami last week. He was already having a rough game, going 11 of 21 with 106 yards with a 27.2 passer rating.
Romo was replaced by Matt Cassel, who started four games in his absence.
Carolina linebacker Luke Kuechly intercepted two straight passes by Romo, returning the first 32 yards for a touchdown and a 20-3 lead late in the second quarter.
Safety Kurt Coleman picked off Romo’s second pass of the game and took it back 36 yards for a score.
The Cowboys were trailing 30-6 after Cam Newton’s 4-yard touchdown run when Romo was hit by the blitzing Davis and went down on his left shoulder.
Romo went on injured reserve with a designation to return, and the Cowboys couldn’t win without him. Brandon Weeden was 0-3 filling in before Cassel lost all four of his starts.