Quarterback Tony Romo, who kept the Dallas Cowboys in the playoff hunt with a late touchdown win last week, is injured for the final game of the season but the team still says he might play.
The Cowboys (8-7) will play at home against the Philadelphia Eagles (9-6) on Sunday at AT&T Stadium. The winner takes the NFC East crown and makes the playoffs and the loser stays at home. Dallas has been the same position for the past two seasons, and lost to the New York Giants in 2011 and to the Redskins in the final game last year.
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Romo injured his back in the fourth quarter in Sunday's 24-23 win against Washington but never came out of the contest. He ended up throwing the game's winning touchdown to DeMarco Murray in the final minute of the contest.
The Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported that an MRI on Romo's back
discovered that the quarterback is suffering from a herniated disk that could require surgery.
"If you know Tony, you can't imagine what a competitor he is, and he doesn't want to miss a snap," Cowboys owner Jerry Jones told The Associated Press on Monday
. "He was very disappointed, particularly disappointed for his team, repeated over and over again, 'Jerry, I can't tell you how badly I feel relative to you and relative to my teammates.'"
If Romo can't go, it will leave the Cowboys' offense in the hands of backup Kyle Orton, who has not started an NFL game since 2011.
Jones said it will be up to doctors to clear Romo to play in the all-or-nothing game against the Eagles.
"He is going through treatment, beginning yesterday," Jones said, per DallasCowboys.com.
"If that treatment has the positive implications that it certainly has a chance to have, he should not be ruled [out] in any way for of this game."
Dallas coach Jason Garrett said while he is not ruling out Romo until the doctors make a decision toward the end of the week, he said he believes Orton will respond for the Cowboys.
"We've liked Kyle for a long time," Garrett said, per the Star-Telegram. "He plays the quarterback position the way it’s supposed to be played. … He prepares every week as if he's the starter. That’s the feeling that his teammates get. That's the feeling that his coaches get."
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