POSTED: Friday, December 27, 2013 - 11:28am
UPDATED: Friday, December 27, 2013 - 6:05pm
Tyler, Texas (KETK) —
The Dallas Cowboys head coach, Jason Garrett has announced quarterback, Tony Romo, underwent back surgery Friday morning and is out for the season.
ESPN's Adam Schefter first reported the news Monday, although Garret would not immediately confirm.
Romo was diagnosed with a herniated disk, and the injury will keep the play caller sidelined for the remainder of the 2013-2014 season.
Garrett spoke to the media in a press conference Friday morning and commented on Romo's status:
"The surgery was done as result of game against the Washington Redskins," said Garrett."Tony will be placed on the injured reserved and backup Kyle Orton will start. We exhausted all other options and felt surgery was the best option moving forward, for Romo and the organization, and it was better to have it done sooner rather than later. The surgery went well and Tony should come home later Friday and start rehab for 2014-2015 season, although there is no timetable for his recovery. We anticipate surgery solved the issue he had."
The Cowboys will take on the Philadelphia Eagles in a "winner takes all" matchup Sunday night on KETK. The "do or die" primetime game will determine who clinched the coveted playoff spot.
Cowboys' owner, Jerry Jones, was quoted Sunday, saying Romo's "little back issue" wouldn't keep him out against the Eagles.
Backup 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. 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. "America's Team," also signed former NFL quarterback, 41-year-old John Kitna to a $53,000 deal which Kitna will donate to Lincoln High School where he is currently a teacher.
Romo will end the 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.
The NFL is currently investigating how the Cowboys handed the reporting of Romo's back injury to see if the proper protocol was followed.
Watch the Cowboys take on the Eagles, Sunday night at 7 only on KETK.