ESPN Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo will miss the rest of the season due to a back injury, a league source told ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter.The Cowboys (8-7) host the Philadelphia Eagles (9-6) on Sunday with the winner capturing the NFC East title. Kyle Orton likely will now get the start against the Eagles. Romo said Sunday he would undergo an MRI on his back Monday, but he didn’t believe it would jeopardize his availability for the game against Philadelphia. Romo said his back, which was sore coming into Sunday’s victory over the Washington Redskins, troubled him after a hit in the first half. “That triggered it a little bit,” Romo said Sunday. “Whatever the kid did on that one play, it really sent something that didn’t feel comfortable. “But it’s in a completely different spot than the back stuff I had last year, so that’s a good sign.” Romo had surgery in April to remove a cyst from his back and did not take a snap until the team reached training camp in Oxnard, Calif., in July. Romo was noticeably limping as he carried out play fakes on running plays. In the fourth quarter, he appeared to be in trouble even more after spinning free from the pocket on a third-down throw to Miles Austin. Romo appeared to kick the back of his leg as he escaped trouble, but he did not miss a snap. Romo completed 17 of 27 passes for 226 yards, including the game-winning touchdown to DeMarco Murray on fourth-and-goal from the Washington 10 with 1:08 to play. Romo has dealt with numerous injuries over the years, including a broken rib in 2011. He hurt his ribs again in last year’s season-ending loss to the Redskins.
It’s hard to believe that Tony Romo will be shut down for the season and won’t even attempt to play in the Dallas Cowboys “Win-And-In” regular season finale against the Philadelphia Eagles next weekend, this back injury must be very serious to keep Romo out of action, because you can criticize Romo ‘s play but his toughness is without question. We have seen Romo play through several serious injuries in his career, and the fact that he will not attempt to play in this game (or the playoffs if the Cowboys win) can only mean this is a bad injury, and it will be interesting to hear the exact nature and if it will impact his offseason and play in 2014. The Cowboys do have an experienced backup in Kyle Orton who had played well in stretches as a starter in the NFL before, but there is no doubt that the Philadelphia Eagles are celebrating this news, as the odds of the Eagles winning the NFC East and heading to the playoffs increase dramatically with Romo on the sidelines.