Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo will miss the rest of the season because of a back injury, a league source told ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter on Monday.
Romo has a herniated disk in the lumbar region and needs to have surgery, a source told ESPN Senior NFL Insider Chris Mortensen.
Dr. Michael Kaplan, who has not evaluated Romo, said an operation for an injury of this nature is 95 percent predictable with a three to four month recovery.
It's a huge blow to the Cowboys who have a Week 17 showdown with Eagles to determine the NFC East title. Kyle Orton would start this week and could still be a decent option against the Eagles defense, which was bad against the Vikes in Week 15 but great against the Bears in Week 16. He's only attempted 15 passes while with the Cowboys the last two years, though. From 2008-2010, Orton threw 59 TDs in 44 games with the Bears and Broncos. Also worth noting is HC Jason Garrett said no decision on Romo has been made, he's day-to-day and will receive treatment this week.