ESPN’s Adam Schefter is now reporting that Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo has been listed as out for the season due to a back injury. Romo suffered the injury last week and said he tweaked it during the first half of Sunday’s game against the Washington Redskins. Romo also suffered a lower leg injury in the fourth quarter of Sunday’s win, but early reports indicate it’s in fact his back that will sideline him for the rest of the season. ESPN’s Chris Mortensen is reporting that Romo was diagnosed with a herniated disc.
Update: During a Monday afternoon press conference, Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett refused to call Romo out for the season. Instead he called him day-to-day and said Romo is currently receiving treatment for the injury. In fact, Garrett went on to explain that he hadn’t even seen Romo at all today and that his health will be reevaluated later this week. He also mentioned the Cowboys will be signing another quarterback to their roster, as the team currently only has two. Schefter shot back immediately and guaranteed that Romo is definitely out for the season.
Romo did indicate that he would be having an MRI on his back today, but he felt that it wasn’t serious enough for him to miss any game time. Apparently, the doctors and team officials felt differently. This is not the first time Romo has dealt with a back issue. During the offseason, Romo had a cyst removed from his back which held him out for mini-camps and OTAs. It is unknown if this latest injury is connected in any way.
This is devastating news for the Cowboys, who face a win or go home NFC East championship matchup next week against the Philadelphia Eagles. They will now rely on back-up quarterback Kyle Orton to lead them in that game. In the past two seasons, Orton has only appeared in three games for a total of 15 pass attempts. Now, the fate of the franchise’s postseason hopes and possibly head coach Jason Garrett’s job sit firmly on his well-rested shoulders.
Romo was on pace to have one of his most efficient seasons yet. He’ll finish the year with almost identical numbers to his 2011 campaign, which is considered to be his best statistically. In 2013, Romo passed for 3,828 yards and 31 touchdowns, with only 10 interceptions.