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Cowboys Will Depend on Johnson in Romo's Absence

Injury was added to insult during the Cowboys overtime loss to the Arizona Cardinals Sunday afternoon.

Cowboys starting quarterback Tony Romo broke the pinkie finger on his throwing hand. Romo is expected to be out up to four weeks.

For the first time since he became the Cowboys starter, Romo will miss a game.

"We're going to band together, pull together," Cowboys head coach Wade Phillips said. "Brad Johnson is going to be playing quarterback for us this week. We have complete confidence in him."

"It's not like they've got to rally around me," Johnson said. "We really need to just rally around each other and that's the most important thing. Just taking care of assignments and little things and going from there."

The 40-year-old Johnson has not taken a snap in a regular season game this year and threw just 11 passes last season. KLTV 7's Cowboys insider, former punter Toby Gowin said Johnson's age will naturally be a factor in his performance but so will his experience.

"He doesn't have the flashiness of a Tony Romo," Gowin said. "He's not going to run around and make those crazy wild plays. Not the most exciting guy but I think he's been there, he's done it. He's a very capable back up."

"If the offensive line has letdowns like they did in (Sunday's) game then yeah, I would think he would be more vulnerable than a young guy but at the same time I think he's got the good experience," Gowin said.

Romo could miss three games. Looking at the team's schedule they play St. Louis on the road, Tampa Bay at home and the defending Super Bowl champion Giants in New York. November 9th they have a bye.

"You really can't go through a schedule anymore and say, 'hey we're going to win,'" Gowin said. "I think that's what's happened. You go through and look at the schedule and say hey we're going to win that game, we're going to win that game and you just kind of buy into that and kind of assume that we're going to show up and beat people. That's not the case."

Gowin said by the time of Romo's return, the team will have grown stronger.

"You can't get too low or too discouraged," Gowin said. "It is early in the season. It's a long season. We saw that with the Giants last year. They were playing their best football at the end of the year."
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