Cowboys QB Tony Romo was hurt in the third quarter, pile-driven into the turf by linebacker Jordan Hicks– a clavicle injury that added to the insult of the fumble.

By Michael Donovan

Talk about losing by winning!

In the process of a 20-10 victory against the Eagles, the Cowboys lost star quarterback Tony Romo with a fractured left clavicle that threatens to ruin their season.

It’s another reminder of how the grueling NFL season is an annual war of attrition.

First Dez Bryant. Now Romo. The Cowboys have gotten more than their share of early-season reminders.

“The NFL is really about adversity in general,” Romo said. “It’s how you handle it, how you approach it on a day-to-day basis, individually and collectively as a team. The job for our football team is to find a way to win.”

That mission was accomplished on Sunday as the Dallas defense dismantled Chip Kelly’s high-flying offense and put the clamps on the most notable former Cowboy in the house – reigning NFL rushing champ DeMarco Murray.

Through two games, Murray has an astonishing 11 rushing yards, with his 13-carry, 2-yard output on Sunday serving as quite the symbol for how Kelly’s offseason overhaul is backfiring.

It sure played into Dallas’ hands at the right time, needing to gain confidence that it can win without Romo.

“We just like Eagle meat,” defensive end Jeremy Mincey proclaimed to USA TODAY Sports. “Ain’t nothing wrong with a little bird on the table. Philly cheese bird.”

The Cowboys are going to need that swagger, given what’s ahead.

Romo was hurt in the third quarter, pile-driven into the turf by linebacker Jordan Hicks– injury that added to the insult of the quarterback’s fumble.

It’s an injury similar to the one that ended Romo’s season in 2010, but in this case it’s unclear whether he will be able to return this season. The injury in 2010 occurred in late October and he missed the final 10 games.

After X-rays confirmed the fracture, the Cowboys announced that a prognosis for Romo’s long-term status is pending further tests in Dallas today. Romo pretty much knew what the injury was the instant it occurred.

“I felt it,” Romo said. “It has a little bit of a pop to it. Obviously, I’ve felt it before.”

It leaves the Cowboys without their two biggest stars for several weeks, with Romo’s injury coming a week after all-pro receiver Dez Bryant suffered a fractured bone in his right foot.

That’s major adversity for a team that has scratched its way to a 2-0 start and entered the season with designs of a championship run.

Brandon Weeden is the fill-in starter for Romo, and the Cowboys’ season could depend on whether he can drive the offense more proficiently for a long stretch than he did last season for a short stretch.

Weeden took over in 2014 after Romo suffered a back injury against Washington, and was unimpressive in relief of a game that was ultimately lost in overtime. In his only start of the season, six days later, Weeden threw two interceptions in a loss against Arizona.

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