TYLER, TX (KLTV) - The good news coming out of Cowboys camp Monday was that Tony Romo won't need surgery on his broken clavicle. Romo is expected to miss 6 to 8 weeks.
Azalea Orthopedic Surgeon Patrick Wupperman says Cowboys fans shouldn't assume Romo will return in that time frame.
"Everyone talks about six to eight weeks," said Dr. Wupperman. "But that's six to eight weeks for it to heal for him to start doing stuff like bench press and things like that."
He adds that professional athletes can be rushed back early. But bringing Romo back too soon could result in Romo having the same injury again.
"A lot is going to depend on what they (the Cowboys) do in the next few weeks," said Dr. Wupperman. "If they're out of the playoffs I don't think he'll (Romo) play the rest of the year. No matter, surgery or no surgery. If it's something to where they are playing real well and it looks like he's doing well toward the end of the season they'll probably let him come back a little early."