ESPN: Tony Romo out for year with back injury
POSTED: Monday, December 23, 2013 - 3:40pm
UPDATED: Tuesday, December 24, 2013 - 8:03am
Tyler, Texas (KETK) —
According to NFL analyst Adam Schefter, Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo is out for the season after suffering an injury in Sunday's game against the Washington Redskins.
Schefter is reporting Romo, 33, has been diagnosed with a herniated disc and surgery is likely necessary. The reported injury will keep him sidelined going into next week's "do or die" matchup with the Philadelphia Eagles. The anticipated matchup, which will only air on KETK next Sunday, will determine who clinches a playoff spot.
Dallas owner, Jerry Jones, was quoted Sunday saying Romo's "little back issue" won't keep him out against Philadelphia. Well, it is looking like it will.
Cowboys' backup Kyle Orton is slated to fill Romo's shoes in the last game of the regular season. Orton has only attempted 15 passes in the past two years, five of those coming this season. Jones made Orton one of the league's highest-paid backups in 2012, giving him a three-year, $10.5 million deal, according to NBC Sports. Orton could be making his first start since 2011 against the Chip Kelley and the Eagles. He has 69 games of starting experience, but holds of a career 79.7 quarterback rating, 58.4 completion percentage and 6.6 YPA.
Head coach Jason Garrett tells WFAA the Cowboys are expecting to sign another quarterback this week, but are not exactly sure what Romo's status is as of now. Romo has not missed a game since 2010.
If Romo is indeed done for the year, he will end the 2013 season with 3,828 yards and a 31:10 touchdown to interception ratio. He has also led 13 game-winning drives since 2011, the most in the NFL.
Details are limited, but KETK will update information as it is released.