Posted December 27, 2013

Cowboys QB Tony Romo underwent season-ending back surgery Friday morning

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Tony Romo's 2013 season is officially over. (G Fiume/Getty Images)

Tony Romo’s 2013 season is officially over after his Friday morning back surgery. (G Fiume/Getty Images)

On Friday morning, reports broke that Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo underwent season-ending back surgery. This was not a surprise as Romo was clearly injured in last Sunday’s win over the Washington Redskins, and the only people who seemed to believe that he’d play in the regular-season finale against the Philadelphia Eagles were team owner Jerry Jones and head coach Jason Garrett.

But it was Garrett who finally said the surgery was necessary, per the Dallas Morning News.

“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. He’ll start his road to recovery, sooner rather than later. We’re completely confident he will rehab and come back at 100 percent.”

Romo received an epidural shot for a herniated disk in his back Monday, and later in the week, Garrett was asked if the NFL had contacted the Cowboys regarding Romo’s absence from the team’s injury report despite the fact that the quarterback had been experiencing back pain going into the Redskins game.

“He took every rep in practice,’’ Garrett said Thursday. “That’s what we based our injury reports on with all of our players. He practiced on Wednesday, practiced on Thursday, practiced on Friday and took every rep.

“I think everyone’s dealing with something this time of year. If you want to say, ‘How’s that elbow feeling?’ with every guy you’d have a pretty extensive injury report.’’

The Cowboys signed Jon Kitna to back up Kyle Orton, who will start against the Eagles on Sunday night, and in the playoffs should Dallas beat Philadelphia and win the NFC East.

As late as Wednesday, Garrett held out hope — at least publicly — that Romo could somehow play.

“I saw him briefly today, and he’s fighting through it,” the coach said. “He’s certainly in a situation where he’s trying to do everything he can to get himself back with the rehab process and treatment process, like any injured player would. He’s a tough guy, as we saw the other day. We’ll just see how he does.”

Orton, signed by the Cowboys before the 2012 season, has attempted 15 passes in the regular season over the last two years.

38 comments
SukeMadiq
SukeMadiq

The back pain was the result of a Jessica Simpson dildo they found in him.

ianforbes
ianforbes

So, no other QB took even a single rep during practices? Ok, thanks. I'll take Philly plus the points. Couldn't be easier.

geewhiz
geewhiz

Meh.  Doesn't matter who's playing QB for them, their defense is so awful they were never going to be more than one and done in the playoffs.

HorizontalGophers
HorizontalGophers

ughh.....how does Garrett state on Thursday that Romo took every rep in Friday's practice? 

WR2

" Garrett said Thursday. “That’s what we based our injury reports on with all of our players. He practiced on Wednesday, practiced on Thursday, practiced on Friday and took every rep."

milduesent
milduesent

I wish a fast recovery for Romo but I would recommend him to start planning for his retirement. We can't walk with a bad spinal cord. I love the games. http://t.co/Sze2jvjprI

PhillyPenn
PhillyPenn

I respect Romo because he's a competitor and the dude definitely has heart.  He may not be a rocket scientist sometimes but he's no hot-house flower.  Hope he gets well soon.

Voiceover310
Voiceover310

Only way the cow tippers go to the playoffs is if the Eagles completely implode. This should be an easy win for Philly. 

Blinker
Blinker

Best wishes for Tony and his recovery.  


EAT IT JERRY

Phllip
Phllip

Eagles fans, I just ask you guys to humble yourselves going in to this game. There is no clear victory here..we're on the Cowboys home turf and best believe they will have motivation going in to this game not only because their star is out, but because it's a championship game. I just pray the Eagles don't go out like they did against the Vikings. Even tho we scored 30+ which isn't bad at all, our D fell asleep. We need to play this game keeping in mind where we were earlier in the season: we lost Vick and were an under .500 team with NO hopes or true thoughts as a playoff contender. Be humble guys, and don't promise a victory.  GO EAGLES!!

Kalzy
Kalzy

The vikes should grab him

DouglasFennema
DouglasFennema

Garrett is either a fool or a charlatan. I've had a herniated disc. You don't dance, much less play Pro Football, with that condition. And it is a possible career ending injury as Alain alludes.


What a maroons are Garrett and Jones!

sunalsorises
sunalsorises

Orton can beat the Eagles.  The problem is the Dallas defense can't stop anything.  Romo might have been able to out score the Eagles.  With Orton, it becomes tougher.

BartGrovenger
BartGrovenger

I am a Giants fan but we suck this year so I  want the Cowboys over the Eagles but most of all I wish Tony Romo the best on his operation and a speedy recovery.  Mailman27


PhillyPenn
PhillyPenn

I wanted Romo in the game and didn't want to give Jerry, the Boys and their fans any excuses for losing this game.  

BobDelConte
BobDelConte

Blow Out Alert! Birds will kill this team! Bank on it!

Fred24
Fred24

What a childish comment. Next time think first, it may be a new experience, and give your posts a shot at something intelligent and interesting.

Rickapolis
Rickapolis

Kyle Orton's NFL record as a starter? 35-34. It couldn't get any more 'Cowboy' than that.

Fenris
Fenris

@Voiceover310 Sadly, the Eagles have certainly imploded on more than one occasion before.

ToddBennett
ToddBennett

@Phllip Dude its Kyle Orton.  I am a Cowboys fan.  And I have a better arm, faster legs, and tougher frame than Orton.  Cowboys are bird food.

Charles38
Charles38

@DouglasFennema This whole thing has been a charade from the start.  NFL should look into this as from Monday on the Cowboys were blowing smoke and getting PR time...They knew all along about Romo but were BSing everyone

Phllip
Phllip

@DouglasFennema I agree with regards to the fact that if Romo said he was okay, despite his true condition, they would have put him out on the field and risked him having a Season ending injury. The Cowboys were never a threat in the playoffs. I understand anything can happen, but it's not like their defense has been hot at this point (they rank last for a reason). The D struggled to contain the Redskins after all. With that said, they should have announced on Monday that Romo would be sitting out regardless of any condition.

Cool
Cool

@Fred24 Are you hearing voices?  Your post leaves me a bit confused.  

Fred24
Fred24

He is one of the best backup QBs in the NFL btw. So no room for put-down there also, mindless one.

Fenris
Fenris

@ToddBennett @Phllip Kyle Orton helped Denver to a 6-0 start once. He could have one more really good game in him. Didn't Denver replace him with Tim Tebow?

PWINGS
PWINGS

@Charles38@DouglasFennema   "....They knew all along about Romo but were BSing everyone."

Actually, the only people they were hoping to bs were the Eagles by causing them to waste time preparing for Romo. It's no different than the Packers delaying the announcement that they were going to start Rodgers and not Flynn. In the meantime, the Bears waste time preparing for Flynn just in case Rodgers isn't cleared medically.

PWINGS
PWINGS

@Cool@Fred24   Cool, if Fred's not hitting the Reply link to the specific post he's responding to and you're displaying the comments with the newest first (as I just was), the posts will seem disjointed and unrelated. Even when the comments are displayed in chronological order, the system still screws things up sometimes. It leaves much to be desired.

PWINGS
PWINGS

@Cool@PWINGS@Fred24  No problem. I get screwed up with that all the time when reviewing the comments and the progression doesn't make an apparent sense.

As for Orton's cumulative record as a starting QB, he seems to fall in the category of "game manager" rather than "field general" i.e. Peyton Manning or Tom Brady or "gunslinger" i.e. Favre, Stafford or even Romo at times. To me, it simply means that one should set reasonable expectations when Orton is running the offense. Not a criticism really, just an observation.

Rickapolis
Rickapolis


@Cool  Thanks Cool.That is exactly what I meant, and you said it better than I could have. Or would have. I would probably been a little rude.

Cool
Cool

@PWINGS @Cool @Fred24 Thanks, I am aware of that but maybe your post will be useful to others.  I was being snarky and found it amusing he knew how to hit the reply button to his own post.

Then my 2 year old grandson came busting in the door yelling for his papa and I didn't finish my comment... which would have finished with...

If he was speaking of Rickapolis comment, he (Fred24) was the one sounding childish and naive.  The comment he was addressing was simply a true and accurate statement in which nothing was said about Orton being a good or bad back up, but that it was rather interesting that just like the cowboys have been about 50/50 over the last 5 years, Orton had to same percentage as a starter.