El Paso, TX — The suspense is over now...Tony Romo is out for the season.
The Dallas Cowboys quarterback underwent back surgery Friday morning according to head coach Jason Garrett. Romo received an epidural on Monday for a herniated disk in his back, that he suffered in Sunday's game against Washington. Romo managed to continue playing through the injury last weekend, directing a late game-winning drive with pain down his right leg.
"This was the right decision for him, and this is the right decision for our organization," Garrett said of Romo. "He started his road to recovery, and he'll be back sooner rather than later."
Kyle Orton will start in Romo's place this weekend for the win or go home game against Philadelphia, with the NFC East title on the line.
"We prepared good this week, especially today," wide receiver Dez Bryant said. "We're going to lay it all on the line and we're going to win this one for Tony. Everybody has to raise their game up just a little bit more."
Romo finishes the season having thrown for 3,828 yards and 31 touchdowns.
The Cowboys and Eagles kickoff in prime time Sunday on NBC. Kickoff is scheduled for 6:30pm.