Tony Romo is done for the season

Report: Tony Romo is out for the rest of the season

12/23/13 in NFL   |   JoeKukura   |   492 respect

Blog Photo - Tony Romo is done for the seasonIf the Dallas Cowboys blow their playoff spot with another Week 17 loss, it won't be Tony Romo's fault this time. That's because Tony Romo will not play in this Sunday night's Week 17 match-up with the Philadelphia Eagles. That's because Tony Romo is now officially out for the remainder of the 2013 NFL season and playoffs, and that's because Romo has a herniated disc in his back that requires season-ending surgery.

The Cowboys will start Kyle Orton at quarterback Sunday night against the Eagles. Kyle Orton is now the only quarterback on the Dallas Cowboys roster. So much for those Dallas coaches whose jobs are in question if they miss the playoffs.

In a shock that no one saw coming, Tony Romo is out for the season with a herniated disc. ESPN's Adam Schefter broke the news just before 2:30 p.m. ET on Monday, tweeting "Cowboys QB Tony Romo has been ruled out the rest of the season due to his back injury, per league source."

Blog Photo - Tony Romo is done for the seasonCowboys coach Jason Witten is not ruling Romo out, even though Adam Schefter did. "We just have to take it day by day," Witten said at a Monday press conference. "We have Kyle Orton here for a reason."

It's a shame, because Romo was scintillating in Sunday's 24-23 win over the Redskins. Sunday night's showdown with Philadelphia for the NFC East title would have been some marquee football to close out the regular season. But now Romo appears unlikely to play, with Kyle Orton starting for him.

Kyle Orton is 35-34 as a starting quarterback, and has not started a game since 2011 as a Kansas City Chief.

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