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NFL roundup: Romo has season-ending back surgery

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Dallas Cowboys coach Jason Garrett said Friday that quarterback Tony Romo had season-ending back surgery.

"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."

Kyle Orton will start at quarterback for the Cowboys (8-7) against the Philadelphia Eagles (9-6) on Sunday night. The winner clinches the NFC East title and the loser will miss the playoffs.

Newly-signed veteran Jon Kitna will back up Orton.

Romo received an epidural shot Monday to treat a herniated disk in his back and missed practice Thursday. Until Friday, the Cowboys said they were unsure if Romo would play.

Owner Jerry Jones said Friday morning Romo should be back for the start of offseason team activities. Because of surgery to remove a cyst from his back, Romo missed much of the Cowboys' offseason workout schedule in 2013.

---The Jacksonville Jaguars signed fifth-year defensive tackle Sen'Derrick Marks to a four-year contract extension, the team announced.

The deal is worth $22 million and includes $8 million guaranteed, according to USA Today.

---Tampa Bay Buccaneers safety Dashon Goldson was fined $60,000 by the NFL for a helmet-to-helmet hit on St. Louis Rams wide receiver Stedman Bailey last Sunday.

Goldson was previously suspended one game without pay, which is about $250,000. Before the suspension, he was fined at least twice this season for illegal hits.

---Buffalo Bills wide receiver Robert Woods was fined $15,000 by the NFL Friday for throwing a punch at Miami Dolphins safety Reshad Jones during last Sunday's game.

---Buffalo Bills coach Doug Marrone said Thad Lewis will start at quarterback Sunday at the New England Patriots.

That means rookie first-round draft pick EJ Manuel's season is likely over. Manuel had injuries to both knees this season. His left knee has bothered him recently.

---Denver Broncos wide receiver Wes Welker will not play Sunday's regular-season finale against the Oakland Raiders because of a concussion.

He has not practiced for the past three weeks.

---The Green Bay Packers knew they would get quarterback Aaron Rodgers back for Sunday's game against the Chicago Bears, and Rodgers might have wide receiver Randall Cobb in his arsenal.

Cobb continued to increase his workload this week and could come off short-term injured reserve following an evaluation Saturday.

---Packers coach Mike McCarthy confirmed outside linebacker Clay Matthews has undergone a second surgery on his injured thumb.

---Houston Texans interim coach Wade Phillips said quarterback Case Keenum was limited in practice and will be a game-time decision for Sunday's season finale against the Tennessee Titans.

Matt Schaub will start if Keenum's thumb injury prevents him from playing.

---Cleveland Browns tight end Jordan Cameron returned to practice Friday for the first time since he sustained a concussion Dec. 15 against the Chicago Bears.

However, Cameron will not be cleared to play Sunday's game against the Pittsburgh Steelers until he gets approval from an independent neurologist. He is listed as questionable.

---Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson is listed as doubtful for Sunday's game against the Detroit Lions because of injuries to his groin and foot, Vikings coach Leslie Frazier said.

With backup running back Toby Gerhart also out with a strained hamstring, the Vikings are expected to start Matt Asiata at running back with Joe Banyard as his backup.

--- The Chicago Bears signed kicker Robbie Gould to a four-year contract extension, the team announced Friday.

Terms of the contract were not released, but ProFootballTalk.com reported that it is a four-year, $15 million deal, with $9 million in guaranteed money.

---The San Francisco 49ers placed wide receiver Mario Manningham on the injured reserve list, the team announced.

The 49ers did not specify Manningham's injury, but the Bay Area News Group reported that Manningham will consult with doctors regarding his knee injury to determine the next step.

---The New England Patriots released wide receiver Austin Collie, the team announced.

Collie was originally signed by the Patriots on Oct. 3, then released on Nov. 5. He was re-signed on Dec. 5 when injuries left the Patriots short at the wide receiver position.
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