Posted December 24, 2013

Tony Romo to miss remainder of 2013 season with back injury, according to report

Dallas Cowboys, NFC East

A bombshell bit of news in the NFC East, ahead of a Week 17 showdown to decide the division’s champion: Dallas QB Tony Romo will miss Sunday’s game with Philadelphia and any subsequent playoff games with a back injury, ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported. Cowboys coach Jason Garrett would not confirm that Romo is out this week, merely starting in his Monday press conference that Romo is dealing with a back or hip injury.

“Anytime you have an injury you have to think about what the contingency plans are,” Garrett said. “Right now, we have a quarterback who’s getting treatment.”

The winner of that matchup between Romo’s Cowboys and the Eagles will take home the NFC East championship. NBC opted to flex that game into its Sunday night slot for Week 17 — the third consecutive season that Dallas has been bumped into that spot; Dallas lost the division on the season’s final day in both 2011 and ’12.

The Cowboys forced this year’s winner-take-all affair with a comeback win over Washington on Sunday. Romo threw a 10-yard pass to DeMarco Murray with 1:08 left to give his team the victory, despite being visibly hobbled for much of the fourth quarter.

“We think it will be OK,” Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said of Romo’s injury on Sunday evening. “But it was a tightening. It wasn’t a contusion. It was a little tightening there. But we will work on that all week… He’s kind of getting some special treatment for it. It didn’t keep him from playing and won’t keep him from playing.”

So much for that. Into Romo’s starting spot will step Kyle Orton, who last started in 2011. He’s thrown just 15 passes as Romo’s backup over the past two years. Orton does have 69 career NFL starts under his belt, just none with Dallas.

Another issue for the Cowboys, with their season on the line: There’s no other QB on the roster behind Orton. Dallas also does not currently have a quarterback on its practice squad, so it will have to sign a free agent to serve as the No. 2 behind Orton for this Sunday’s contest.

Few players in the NFL fall under such an intense gaze as Romo has throughout his career. The Week 17 losses the past two seasons certainly haven’t helped him shed the label of being an underachiever. Romo was 20-of-37 with two touchdowns and three interceptions in a 28-18 loss at Washington to close 2012; he threw for 289 yards with two TDs and a pick in a 31-14 loss to the Giants on the final evening of the 2011 regular season.

Romo, 33, last missed a game in 2010. Orton was in Denver at that time, in year two of a wholly unsuccessful run as the Broncos’ starting quarterback. He was claimed off waivers by the Chiefs the following season, then slid to Dallas before 2012.

His career has been dotted with inconsistencies, but he has at times shown the ability to be a competent NFL quarterback. Orton has a winning record as a starter (35-34), with 11 games of more than 300 yards passing.

Not only might the Cowboys’ season now fall on his shoulders, but so too could the fate of Garrett and his coaching staff. Though Dallas owner Jerry Jones has backed Garrett repeatedly, the belief has long been that this is a playoffs-or-bust situation for the Cowboys’ coach. An ESPN report from this weekend indicated that Jones will clean house if Garrett cannot deliver a division title.

Regardless of who’s at quarterback, the Cowboys figure to have their hands full on Sunday. The Eagles currently lead the division with a 9-6 mark and they’re coming off a 54-11 destruction of the Bears.

99 comments
hapnelson
hapnelson

There are people working, playing and doing many other things with herniated discs.  The extent of the herniation and the structures around it will dictate whether he is medically cleared to play.  The mere fact that his condition is correctable by surgery does not mean that he cannot play.  The issue will be whether his symptoms can be improved by rehab and therapy such that he can function, and whether playing on it will put him at a significant increased risk of further injury. For Schefter to come out with a report like this regarding a back condition is really premature.  With that said, the real issue is whether Romo would be cleared to play 4 more games with this condition.  If not, then what is the point of risking your franchise QB to win a single game if another QB is going to have to finish it up anyway? Jones and Garrett are not going to put themselves in the position that Shanahan found himself last year, but don't be shocked if Romo is begging to play just so that he can get the "choke" monkey off his back. 

RCH
RCH

Reminds me of how the Vikings were without Peterson a few weeks ago. How did that work out for you Philly?

howdythurr
howdythurr

Jerrah will track Tebow to his isolated cabin in the woods where he has been making a living as a lumberjack in a desperate move to sign him

icepuck68
icepuck68

This is Scheftner. The team is saying it's day to day. No decision was made that he is out. Just like Scheftner said word was out that Rodgers would be back in 3 weeks. This guy is a moron just to be the first with so called "sources"

berdosux
berdosux

Cowboys have a better shot at winning the game now. 

6marK6
6marK6

Before the season starts everybody goes on about how the Cowboys have all the talent in the world. Then the go 8-8, every year. I am so tired of this soap opera. They are not relevant.

moribkent
moribkent

An owner who serves as GM for his team is equivalent to someone representing themselves in court...they have a fool for a client. The Cowboys' problem starts there and cascades through the entire organization sans cheerleaders of course.

pirate
pirate

Nooooo! It won't be the same without Tony coughing up a key interception to end the Cowboy's season. It's become a family holiday tradition, gathering around the tube the weekend after Christmas to watch Romo cry!


Good heavens! Orton might spoil things and actually win!

6marK6
6marK6

If only Romo had not gotten hurt, they never would have lost eight games this year. Oh wait....

Fred24
Fred24

The worse part of the NFL I now realize is the fans. Judging by the comments here, makes me wonder how their mentality became so low. Whatever happen to sportsmanship. or to those with IQs higher than 40?

Thomas15
Thomas15

I like romo but his injury is irrelevant TO Eagles game. The ONLY place dallas had a shot to win this game was in jerry jones self-deluded mind. romo, no romo is the same thing. If the boys had seattle's D that would be a different story. But they don't. 38-21 and it's not that close. 

Rickapolis
Rickapolis

Robert Griffin is well rested. Maybe Washington will loan him out for the game.

sneakypete79
sneakypete79

Can't complete yet another December collapse and blow it again if you don't play. Smart move Romo.

megalodale
megalodale

Now all those Romo haters get what they wished for.  Ha.  Ha.  Ha.  Suckers.

JohnMaldonado
JohnMaldonado

If he has a herniated disc, an MRI will reveal it. Poor Tony...seems like he is snakebit.  He has played without a competent O line most his career.  This year the line is better but the Defense is atrocious. 

PhillyPenn
PhillyPenn

@RCH ruh roh!  I guess the Birds are gonna lose!  But seriously, that was a trap game if I ever saw one.  There's not excuse for what happened but it's a fairly common occurrence in all sports.   


Didn't Orton lose his job to Tebow?

PhillyPenn
PhillyPenn

@psychsports Romo is irreplaceable??? LOL, since when did he punch his ticket to Canton?  Dude, your credibility just plummeted.  

John4
John4

@berdosux No.  They would have a better shot with Romo.  

grkorbel
grkorbel

@6marK6 


Neither are you. Oh,  to your family and a few friends you might be but not to million of Cowboys fans who actually are in romo's corner.


What makes a post like yoursa nauseating is the awareness that there some people so embittered by life they are insensate to the pain others feel--and i'm not talking about that of Cowboys fans. You are doubtless the kind of soul-sick, miserable hiuman being that feels good when a playewr ofr coach is fired but who would cry like a baby if you were put on unemployment.


You're less than irrelevant. You're a shadow.

nd68
nd68

@6marK6 They are so "not relevant" you have to comment on them. Makes sense.

icepuck68
icepuck68

@6marK6then how many injuries have they had? It was said they other day that they've had more than anybody the past two years. They have so many backups on their defense, which is what is killing them. They are 7-1 when their d actually holds the opponent to the average league score or below. It's hard to do with so many of your starters out. When you're allowing 51,48,37,31,30,30.........I see a problem. That's not on your O

JoeCabot
JoeCabot

@6marK6Not relevant?  Nice try.  People pay attention whether the Cowboys win or lose.  They are still in the playoff chase.  They draw lots of people to the stadiums and to television when they play.  They are relevant.

grkorbel
grkorbel

@moribkent  


That's a pretty lame analogy, not to mention a cliche which has been proven by research not to be the case.


A lawyer representing himself is said to be doing so "pro se."


Professor Erica Hashimoto challeneged the "truism" you defaulted to and it appears that, on the whole, "pro se" defendents received better verdicts than their peers who were professionally represented. Almost half of all pro-se defendents escaped conviction in state courts, while only 25 percent of those represented by another attorney did.


I could also cite you the case of a doctor--and there's a similar maxim about doctors who treat themselves--who, diagnosed with a visious stomach cancer, dictated the treatment he wished to receive which was not conventional. He survived, despite the protestations of the doctors attending him that his self-conceived treatment would kill him.


So, maybe you want to just leave it at this: "I see every problem in terms of a nail because my only tool is a hammer. I'm too intellectually lazy to dig deep for secondary and tertiary factors that might have led to the Cowboys' playoff drought so I'll go with my acquired dislike of Jones 

as the sole cause of all of the Cowboys' problems."

grkorbel
grkorbel

@pirate 


Another intellectually lazy armchair oundit. Go back and look at every December game Romo has played since 2009 and you will find--or , at least, someone with passable intelligence would find that in those four years Romo, through mid-December of this year, had thrown 24 touchdowns, seven picks, had a quarterback rating of abouty 100, and only two games were decided on his errant throws. Two. In December. 


You won't believe that, of course, because you are so dumb you couldn't empty a bootful of piss if the instructions were written on the heel.

grkorbel
grkorbel

@6marK6 


I feel like Timmy in "Lassie": "She's trying to tell us something, Gramps."

icepuck68
icepuck68

@6marK6Dude, he had a rating of over 100 in those games with only 3 INTs.


Shows what you know of what actually goes on.

grkorbel
grkorbel

@Fred24 


Fred, I liked you from the get-go. You've nailed it. the dirty, little secret about the NFL is that a frightening number of its fans have serious emotional problems--and the players know it. Did you read the tweets Brandon Jacobs has received from fans? you'll sleep with the lights on. It's not hard to see why the league has clamped down on alcohol at games and inspect bags as if you were boarding an El Al 747 in Tel Aviv. 


My guess is they look at boards form time to time and realize that fans  like "6Mark" represent a frightening percentage of its fan base and are closer to the rule than the exception.

HorizontalGophers
HorizontalGophers

@Fred24 I watched Duck Dynasty once and my IQ dipped into imbecile territory. Does that count? 

WR2

John4
John4

@Thomas15 While the Cowboys have had a VERY tough season, clearly, it's not Romo's fault.  The defense HAS to do something.  The Cowboys "defense" is less than worthless.  How can you throw for over  yards, score 48 points AND LOSE?  Well, the Cowboys figured out a way.  

icepuck68
icepuck68

@Thomas15 Like the last time the played them? Holding McCoy to less than 60 yards? Dallas didn't even have Murray.

John4
John4

@sneakypete79 I think you meant "Despite the Dallas Cowboys defense, the Cowboys are STILL in line to make the playoffs due to their offense, lead by Tony Romo".  

That would have been an intelligent, (and correct) statement.  Why not make one of those for ONCE in your life?

grkorbel
grkorbel

@sneakypete79 


There's nothing sneaky about you Pete. You trot out your ignorance as if being a moron were a virtue. If your imbecilic idea had any credence at all, Romo would have sat out the Washington game after he pulled up lame and the Redskins went up by nine.


Of course, that takes the ability to reason which takes a fully functioning cerebral coretex and you give every indication of getting too little oxygen at birth.

pirate
pirate

@grkorbel@pirateAnd those would be valid points if I had said – Romo plays badly in all of December. I didn't say any such thing, of course. I know he has some skills, he wouldn't be in the NFL if he didn't. What I said was I enjoy watching him cough up the ball in the final moments of the last game. It may not be completely valid, but you can't deny he and the Cowboys have a reputation for choking on the big one, going back to the blown field goal in Seattle. 

And thanks for the ad hominem attack at the end. Always shows me I don't have to respect a person no matter how reasoned his argument sounds when he resorts to name calling like a six year old.

agramante
agramante

@grkorbel @6marK6 So if it's not the QB, and it's not the GM who picks coaches, the players around Romo on offense, and the defense, then what is it?  If Garrett's a bad coach, that's pretty much on Jerry too.  Bad trades like the Roy Williams swindle are on Jerry.  Mediocre drafts are on Jerry.  Or, to paraphrase Stephen Jones, does the team just not have quite enough special sauce? (Whatever "special sauce" is supposed to be--most likely admitting, "Hey, our roster is flawed, but I'm still gonna talk this team up, y'all hear?")  Romo can be excellent, but not consistently.  And a decade of .500 is no fluke.

grkorbel
grkorbel

@sneakypete79 @JohnMaldonado 


How many consecutive second half scoring drives did Romo allow during the Bears, Packers, and Redskins' games, you feckless twit?


I used to think stupidity had its "absolute zero" but guys like this are testimony that there's no limit to ignorance.

icepuck68
icepuck68

@sneakypete79@JohnMaldonadoHow many points have they allowed? Check Romo's status in the losses. He's played better in the losses than the wins. He's thrown only 3 INTs in the losses and 17 TDs. His rating is over 100 in those same losses.


My gawd I wish you haters actually would have your tunnel vision worked on and look at the entire picture.

newshamg
newshamg

@sneakypete79 @JohnMaldonado But about 10 times the crucial blown defensive series late in games. Romo is the least of the Cowboys problems the last few years.

grkorbel
grkorbel

@sneakypete79 @newshamg @JohnMaldonado  


I'm sorry. You were saying? I try to get through your posts but have this vision of a guy with a cartoon baloon over his head filled with "Blah,blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah."

Wired
Wired

@sneakypete79 @newshamg @JohnMaldonado True, he has a knack for throwing picks in clutch situations - but he also has a knack for making that special play when needed as well.  

While I don't agree with the play calling - I would imagine it was the coaching staffs response to the poor Defense.  If you think about it... If the defense had the ability to play solid football for more than a half - even 3 quarters - that game is put away.... The coaching staff (in a bad bad move) decided to stay aggressive and hope for more points (epic fail) because they knew the defense would fail EPICLY...in the second half... which seems to be a recurring trend.

sneakypete79
sneakypete79

@newshamg @sneakypete79 @JohnMaldonado Nobody is arguing the defense isn't bad, however, take the Packers game last week, the coaching staff and Romo lost that game. The defense stuffed Green Bay the entire first half, instead of running the ball down the Packers throat and eating clock and limiting the Packers posessions and chances to win, they do the only thing that gives the packers a chance and pass pass pass. Well, Romo blows whether people want to admit it or not and he yet again through crucial interceptions. Your biggest concern is Jerry Jones. He is a great business man but the problem is he doesnt care about winning, only making money which he does even with poor teams. Romo is your next problem because he isn't going to ever get it done and you overpaid for him.