Kyle Orton, Not Tony Romo, will quarterback the Dallas Cowboys in the season’s biggest game
By Matthew Postins
Have we seen the last of Tony Romo this season?
In advance of Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett’s Monday press conference, reports broke that the veteran Cowboys quarterback would miss Sunday’s game with Philadelphia with a back injury. ESPN’s Adam Schefter first broke the story.
The Cowboys moved up Garrett’s normal Monday press conference by an hour – and then Garrett started nearly 30 minutes late. But he shed little light on the rumors swirling around Valley Ranch and whether Romo would be out on Sunday.
“We have not made that determination yet,” Garrett said, emphasizing that Romo the evaluation process on Romo would be “day-to-day.”
If Romo is unable to play on Sunday Kyle Orton, who has been the backup quarterback since the start of the 2012 season, would start against the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday night in a game that will determine the NFC East champion. Garrett mentioned that the Cowboys would sign another quarterback to the roster in the next couple of days as insurance.
Romo spent Monday getting an MRI and getting treatment for an injury that Garrett wouldn’t specify, except to say that it was Romo’s “hip or back.” During the press conference ESPN’s Chris Mortensen reported that Romo had a herniated disk in his lumbar region, an injury that required surgery.
Garrett said he did not see Romo on Monday.
“We evaluated him last night and again this morning and he’s getting treatment and the MRI was part of that,” Garrett said. “It’s a series of different things that we do with his treatment and see how he responds to them.”
Romo injured his back in the fourth quarter of the Cowboys’ 24-23 win over the Washington Redskins. The injury occurred during the Cowboys’ first scoring drive of the fourth quarter in which Romo avoided a tackle and appeared to injure his right leg on the play. Romo moved gingerly during and after the game, and there was some confusion over the type of injury. Garrett told reporters after the game it was a right leg injury, while Romo and Cowboys owner and general manager Jerry Jones said it was a back injury.
If Romo is done for the season he’ll finish with 3,828 yards, 31 touchdowns and 10 interceptions in 15 games this season. Orton, meanwhile, has taken 22 regular-season snaps since the start of the 2012 season.