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Tony Romo Out For The Year With Back Injury


Photo by Patrick McDermott/Getty Images.
Photo by Patrick McDermott/Getty Images.

The good times in Dallas didn’t last very long. Despite winning on a late Tony Romo touchdown pass to DeMarco Murray that kept their season alive for at least another week, they’ll have to move forward without Romo under center.

ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports that Romo is going to miss the rest of the season with a back injury. Romo’s back was already bothering him heading into their game against Washington, and it was only aggravated after taking hits throughout the game. Chris Mortensen confirmed that Romo has a herniatic disc, and he's going to need surgery.

"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 to remove a cyst in his back in April, and he’s dealt with numerous injuries throughout the years. An apparent ankle injury early in the fourth quarter yesterday nearly looked like it would sideline him for the rest of the game, but he toughed it out and finished the game.

Kyle Orton will take Romo’s place under center, and they’re going to have to make a push for the playoffs with Romo watching from the sidelines.

The Cowboys are sitting at 8-7 with their opponent, the Philadelphia Eagles, sitting at 9-6. If they somehow manage to win this Sunday night, that would vault them into the playoffs since it would give them the edge in the NFC East.

Romo will finish the year with 3,828 passing yards, 31 touchdowns and 10 interceptions.