Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo (9) in the pocket against the Oakland Raiders during an NFL football game on Thanksgiving at AT&T Stadium.
(Photo: Tim Heitman, USA TODAY Sports)
Arlington, TX (SportsNetwork.com/USA TODAY) - Dallas Cowboys coach Jason Garrett
announced Friday that quarterback Tony Romo underwent back surgery and will be
placed on injured reserve.
The news means that backup Kyle Orton will start Sunday's contest against the
Philadelphia Eagles which will decide the NFC East champion.
confirms what a person with knowledge of the injury told USA TODAY
Sports on Monday: Romo is done for the season and Orton will start
Sunday's NFC East title game against the Philadelphia Eagles.
had a herniated disk that hobbled him during last week's comeback win
over Washington, according to a person with knowledge of the injury told USA TODAY Sports on Monday. The source requested anonymity, because the Cowboys hadn't declared Romo out.
changed Friday, and now Orton - who hasn't started a game since 2011
with the Kansas City Chiefs - will be thrust into the spotlight for
Sunday's primetime finale.
The Cowboys signed Jon Kitna out of retirement to back up Orton against the Eagles.
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