Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo will miss the rest of the season due to a back injury, a league source told ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter.
The Cowboys (8-7) host the Philadelphia Eagles (9-6) on Sunday with the winner capturing the NFC East title. Kyle Orton likely will now get the start against the Eagles.
Romo said Sunday he would undergo an MRI on his back Monday, but he didn’t believe it would jeopardize his availability for the game against Philadelphia.
Romo said his back, which was sore coming into Sunday’s victory over the Washington Redskins, troubled him after a hit in the first half.
“That triggered it a little bit,” Romo said Sunday. “Whatever the kid did on that one play, it really sent something that didn’t feel comfortable.
“But it’s in a completely different spot than the back stuff I had last year, so that’s a good sign.”
Romo had surgery in April to remove a cyst from his back and did not take a snap until the team reached training camp in Oxnard, Calif., in July.
Romo was noticeably limping as he carried out play fakes on running plays. In the fourth quarter, he appeared to be in trouble even more after spinning free from the pocket on a third-down throw to Miles Austin. Romo appeared to kick the back of his leg as he escaped trouble, but he did not miss a snap.
Romo completed 17 of 27 passes for 226 yards, including the game-winning touchdown to DeMarco Murray on fourth-and-goal from the Washington 10 with 1:08 to play.
Romo has dealt with numerous injuries over the years, including a broken rib in 2011. He hurt his ribs again in last year’s season-ending loss to the Redskins.