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From Ed The Sports Fan

Romo Out For Month

Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo has a broken pinkie on his throwing hand and will be out four weeks, a team source told ESPN's Michael Smith. Romo initially was diagnosed with a pinkie sprain in Sunday's 30-24 overtime loss to the Arizona Cardinals. Veteran quarterback Brad Johnson, the Cowboys' holder on kicks, is Romo's backup.

The Dallas Cowboys have lost two of their last three games after starting the season 3-0. Their season schedule looks like tough sledding as after a game St. Louis Rams, they face the NY Giants, Tampa Bay Bucs, and Washington Redskins. Romo better hurry up.

Gonzalez Wants To Be Traded

A league source confirms Tony Gonzalez earlier this week went to Chiefs GM Carl Peterson and inquired about a trade to contender, ESPN's Michael Smith reports. The Chiefs are now open to dealing the star tight end for the right price. They don't wish to give him away and give the impression that they've completely given up on trying to win now. Kansas City is seeking a first- day pick and "change." That's compensation similar to what the
New York Giants got from the New Orleans Saints for Jeremy Shockey, second- and fifth-round draft picks.

The problem is Gonzalez is 32 and teams aren't willing to mortgage their future for an older player. Therefore, a team source believes there's a 99-percent chance a deal doesn't happen before Tuesday afternoon's trading deadline unless the Chiefs drop their asking price, or Gonzalez demands a trade (he's only inquired about one now) or a contender loses a tight end in Week6. The current asking price seems to be scaring teams away.

Current teams interested are the Buffalo Bills, New York Giants, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and the Philadelphia Eagles.

Clemson relieved Tommy Bowden of his coaching duties Monday morning.

Assistant head coach and wide receivers coach Dabo Swinney will serve as interim coach against Georgia Tech on Saturday, multiple sources told TigerIllustrated.com, a Rivals.com Web site.

Bowden is 72-45 in 10 seasons at Clemson, including a 42-31 mark in the ACC. He became coach at Clemson in 1999, replacing Tommy West, after leading Tulane to an unbeaten season in 1998.

A 12-7 loss to Wake Forest on Thursday was Bowden's last game. The loss dropped the Tigers to 3-3 overall and 1-2 in the ACC. Clemson was ranked ninth in The Associated Press preseason Top 25 but fell out of the poll by the end of September.

The Tigers began the season with a 34-10 loss to Alabama before winning three consecutive games. Clemson then sustained consecutive losses to Maryland and Wake Forest.

Last Friday, Bowden announced that he was benching senior quarterback Cullen Harper in favor of sophomore Willy Korn. Harper was the 2006 ACC Player of the Year but had struggled this season.

NCAA Football Player of the Week by AT&T

The great folks from AT&T reached out to ETSF regarding this week's NCAA Football “Player of the Week” Texting program. Each week, four finalists are chosen by ESPN based on the players’ outstanding performances. Unfortunately, none of my Oklahoma boys are finalists, but this week, the four nominees are Kendall Hunter (RB, Oklahoma St), Michael Smith (RB, Arkansas), Jordan Shipley (WR, Texas) and Brandon Spikes (LB, Florida).

Fans can register to vote by texting “VOTE” to “51234” before Wednesday at 11:59 pm EST. The winner will be announced at halftime of the Thursday ESPN College Football Primetime.

Anyone who votes is entered for a chance to win a trip to the 2009 BCS National Championship game in Miami. Each vote counts as one entry & there is no limit on fan voting.

Fans can also visit http://www.espnallamerica.com for more information. Check it out.

-Ed.

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