Tony Romo will not be playing this Sunday in the Dallas Cowboys regular season finale against the Eagles. Tony Romo will not be playing for the remainder of the year, after undergoing surgery on his injured back, according to head coach Jason Garrett.
Garrett says Romo underwent back surgery and will be placed on IR
— Dallas Cowboys (@dallascowboys) December 27, 2013
Earlier in the week, ESPN reported that Romo was out for the remainder of the year with a herniated disc, but the idea of surgery wasn’t discussed too much. He appeared to injure his back in the Cowboys win over the Redskins this past Sunday. The team was evasive when questions were asked about his availability for this Sunday, and Jerry Jones even intimated that he might be available to play. But after receiving treatment, which included an epidural shot, the Cowboys and Romo saw little improvement, leading to the choice to have surgery. This is the second procedure on Romo’s back in less than a year.
The recovery time has been undetermined at the moment. Kyle Orton will start in place, with recently signed Jon Kitna backing him up. The Cowboys will look to lock up an NFC East title with a win over Philadelphia on Sunday night.