ESPN rules Romo out; Garrett uncertain of his status

Published 12/23 2013 03:38PM

Updated 12/24 2013 02:06PM

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports Tony Romo's back injury is season-ending.

It's a thunderbolt of bad news for the Cowboys as they gear up for Sunday's winner-take-all showdown with the Eagles, and a testament to Romo's toughness after he played through the injury against the Redskins. It's remarkable Romo was able to finish Sunday's game.

It leaves Kyle Orton as the Cowboys' Week 17 starter. Owner Jerry Jones made Orton one of the league's highest-paid backups in 2012, giving him a three-year, $10.5 million deal. Orton has attempted just 15 passes since arriving in Big D. He should give the Cowboys a fighting chance, but the Eagles are now the prohibitive favorites to claim the NFC East crown.

Romo finishes 2013 the owner of 3,828 yards and a 31:10 TD:INT ratio. He hasn't missed a game since 2010.

The Cowboys play the Eagles on Sunday Night Football on NBC for the division championship next weekend.

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