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Tony Romo has fractures in transverse process

A source close to Tony Romo informed NFL Media's Desmond Purnell on Saturday that the Dallas Cowboys quarterback has two fractures in his transverse process, but it is possible he could still play Sunday against the Arizona Cardinals. The injury is not related to his previous back surgeries. 

Multiple attempts were made to contact the Cowboys, but the team could not be reached for comment.

Romo suffered a back injury Monday night when he was hit on a sack and took a pain-killing shot to return late in the game. In the buildup to the Cardinals clash, he didn't practice all week and was listed as questionable. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported that Romo planned to participate in Saturday's walkthrough.

The transverse process is a small bone that sticks out of either side of the vertebrae.

Jerry Jones said this week the biggest impediment to Romo playing would be pain tolerance. Offensive coordinator Scott Linehan indicated that it is unusual for a quarterback to miss an entire week of practices and still play; however, there is not much usual about this situation with Jones' team.

If Romo can't play, the quarterback duties will fall to Brandon Weeden. The veteran backup played well in spot-duty Monday night. The veteran's extensive work with the first team during weekly practices (when Romo rested) and during OTAs should put him in a position to run the offense.

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