Posted December 27, 2013

Cowboys coach Jason Garrett: Tony Romo’s season over after back surgery Friday

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Tony Romo (G Fiume/Getty Images)

Tony Romo threw a winning touchdown with 1:08 left in the game last week in Washington. (G Fiume/Getty Images)

Tony Romo underwent back surgery Friday morning and is out the rest of the season, Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett said at his morning press conference.

Kyle Orton will start at quarterback for Dallas (8-7) when it plays host to the Philadelphia Eagles (9-6) Sunday night with the NFC East title on the line. Jon Kitna will backup Orton.

Garrett refused to discuss specifics of the surgery but added that he anticipates it will solve the issue.

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“The procedure happened this morning,” Garrett said. “We felt the surgery went well. Tony should be able to come home later today and start his rehabilitation.”

Garrett didn’t rule Romo out until today despite speculation throughout the week that he couldn’t play. The 33-year-old received an epidural Monday for a herniated disk but couldn’t avoid his second back surgery in eight months.

Romo, who has 3,828 passing yards with 38 touchdowns and 10 interceptions, played multiple weeks with a cracked rib and punctured lung in 2011.


8 comments
BlueZoo
BlueZoo

I wish him only the best of health and healing for the New Year!  (Has everyone here lost all sense of the Christmas spirit they had just two days ago?)

help4mac1
help4mac1

I have had several herniated disks. 24 hours flat on the bed Monday and he could have been ready for the game.  Sometimes medical personnel are fool of it.

DEJ1948
DEJ1948

Again, just gamesmanship.  The Cowboys most certainly knew early on that Romo would be out and that he would need surgery.  They just decided not to admit it so the Eagles wouldn't be able to devote their game planning entirely to Kyle Orton.  Typical Jerry Jones.  What a maroon.

Rickapolis
Rickapolis

Kyle Orton's NFL record is 35-34. How perfectly representative of the Cowboys. 

espnrefugee0218
espnrefugee0218

This Franchise has gone from one that everyone used to respectfully despise ( a la new england) to a team people pity and feel sorry for a la jaguars &  browns.   The owner brings it upon the franchise and we never get tired of watching it year in year out.  

DaM
DaM

@help4mac1 And after the "24 hours flat on the bed", how many punishing hits did you face from NFL DBs, LBs, DEs, etc?

cdxmv2001
cdxmv2001

Really. Tell us how many snaps you've taken in the NFL. Sheesh.

BlueZoo
BlueZoo

@cdxmv2001Also, just one hit after this very delicate surgery and he could be paralyzed for life!  I've had two of them and was told to be very careful even walking!