It was a total long shot anyway. The idea that a team that lost seven straight games could turn around and win their next seven and miraculously win the division, even in its weakened state, and make the playoffs seemed unlikely, if not totally impossible. After Thanksgiving that slim chance has completely evaporated for the Dallas Cowboys. After winning in week eleven against the Miami Dolphins to move to 3-7 in Tony Romo’s first game back since missing seven straight games with a broken collarbone, every game the Cowboys played had become a must win game, leading into the Thanksgiving tilt with the 10-0 Carolina Panthers.

After a brutal first half where Romo was intercepted three times, two of which were returned for touchdowns, it all came crashing down in the third quarter, when Romo took a brutal hit from Thomas Davis, with his left shoulder smashing into the turf, and stayed on the ground for over a minute until he was taken off the field by medical personnel. The Cowboys went on to lose the game 33-14, all but ending their season, but the bigger story was Romo, who reportedly suffered a small fracture in his left clavicle (collarbone), reaggravating the same injury that caused him to miss so much of the season already. While an MRI to confirm the injury was not scheduled until Friday, anyone who saw the play could tell something was wrong almost immediately. Even before the injury he was not himself during the game, hampered by an attacking Panthers defense, and he ended the game 11 for 21 with 106 passing yards and a 27.2 passer rating.

“I’m just very disappointed in not giving our team a chance to win today,” Romo said. “They depend on me to go out there and perform at a certain level, and when I let them down, let our team down, our coaches, our fan base, everybody. That’s what I did today, and I have to live with that.”

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