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Report: Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo done for the season with a back injury

Frank Schwab
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Dallas Cowboys fans who have complained about quarterback Tony Romo are about to find out how bad it might get without him.

Romo is out for the season with a back injury, according to ESPN. He suffered the injury in Sunday's game against Washington but continued to play, even throwing a 10-yard touchdown pass on fourth and goal with 1:08 left to beat Washington and keep the Cowboys' season alive.

The Cowboys play the Eagles at home this Sunday night with the NFC East championship on the line, but will have to go with former Bear and Bronco Kyle Orton at quarterback, according to the ESPN report, although the Cowboys refused to acknowledge on Monday that Romo was done for the season.

Orton has completed 3-of-5 passes this season for 40 yards. He has just 15 attempts over the last two seasons with the Cowboys.

Romo was diagnosed with a herniated disc and needs surgery, Chris Mortensen of ESPN reported. But Cowboys coach Jason Garrett said that Romo hasn't been ruled out for the season yet, according to Clarence Hill of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram:

If Romo is out, it's a tough blow for him. Romo has come under a lot of criticism for not winning enough big games. It appears he won't even get to play in this week's big game, or any playoff games the Cowboys might get to.

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