Tony Romo sidelined by back surgery

December 27, 2013

Dallas Cowboys Quarterback Tony Romo had back surgery Friday morning and was placed on injured reserve list, Dallas Cowboys coach Jason Garrett told the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. Romo suffered a herniated disk in the Cowboys’ win against the Washington Redskins last week.

Garrett said the team exhausted all options on treatments and decided late Thursday to have Romo undergo surgery, the Star-Telegram reported.

Kyle Orton, a nine-year veteran, will start in the team’s most important game of the season against the Philadelphia Eagles that determines whether the Cowboys make the playoffs, Garrett added. Orton has a 35-33 record as a starter in the NFL and has taken all the first-team snaps this week in practice. Jon Kitna was brought in this week as the third quarterback.

Garrett said that it was the best decision for him and for the organization.

The Cowboys host Philadelphia 7:30 p.m. on Sunday at AT&T Stadium with the winner taking the NFC East title and a playoff berth.

Read the original post at the Dallas Business Journal.