ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter is reporting this afternoon that Dallas Cowboys QB Tony Romo is done for the season with a back injury. The NFL just flexed the Cowboys game against the Philadelphia Eagles into the 8:30 EST time slot next Sunday, as the game will determine which team will become the NFC East Champion.
Romo suffered an injury in yesterday’s game, but it was widely expected that it was a minor issue. Many reports suggested that despite having to undergo an MRI this afternoon, he would be fine to play Sunday night as the Cowboys hosted the Eagles.
According to Schefter on Twitter- “Cowboys QB Tony Romo has been ruled out the rest of the season due to his back injury, per league source.”
If this report from Schefter is actually correct, and I have no reason to believe otherwise, the Cowboys will be starting Kyle Orton at home against the Eagles in their last chance to grab a playoff berth. Just remember this report from yesterday morning, if the Cowboys miss the playoffs, head coach Jason Garrett will be fired.
UPDATE: Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett has said Romo has not been ruled out for Week 17 but refused to address the injury to Romo. He mentioned his support of Kyle Orton, a player that has started 80 games in his career, and didn’t rule out adding another quarterback this week.
UPDATE: 5:20 pm- Ian Rapoport is suggesting that Romo has a herniated disc in his back and it appears more likely that Kyle Orton will be starting in Week 17.