UPDATED: Friday, December 27, 2013 - 10:49am
Waco, Texas (KWKT) — The Dallas Cowboys head coach, Jason Garrett has announced quarterback, Tony Romo, underwent back surgery Friday morning and is out for the season.
ESPN's Adam Schefter first reported the news Monday, although Garret would not immediately confirm.
Romo was diagnosed with a herniated disk, and the injury will keep the play caller sidelined for the remainder of the 2013-2014 season.
The Cowboys will take on the Philadelphia Eagles in a "winner takes all" matchup Sunday night. The "do or die" primetime game will determine who clinched the coveted playoff spot.
Cowboys' owner, Jerry Jones, was quoted Sunday, saying Romo's "little back issue" wouldn't keep him out against the Eagles.
Cowboys' backup Kyle Orton is slated to fill Romo's shoes in the last game of the regular season. Orton has only attempted 15 passes in the past two years, five of those coming this season. Jones made Orton one of the league's highest-paid backups in 2012, giving him a three-year, $10.5 million deal. Orton could be making his first start since 2011 against the Chip Kelley and the Eagles. He has 69 games of starting experience, but holds of a career 79.7 quarterback rating, 58.4 completion percentage and 6.6 YPA. "America's Team," also signed former NFL quarterback, 41-year-old John Kitna to a $53,000 deal which Kitna will donate to Lincoln High School where he is currently a teacher.
Romo will end the season with 3,828 yards and a 31:10 touchdown to interception ratio. He has also led 13 game-winning drives since 2011, the most in the NFL.