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Tony Romo has back surgery, is done for the season; Kyle Orton to start Sunday's game

2:34 PM, Dec 27, 2013   |    comments
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)
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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.

That 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.

Romo 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.

But that 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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