Tony Romo suffered a back injury in the middle of the fourth quarter of yesterday’s comeback win over the Washington Redskins, after avoiding a sack on a third and one. Romo struggled to hand-off or throw during the remainder of that series, but appeared to gain mobility back as the quarter went on.
Romo got what was being called a “precautionary MRI” today, and it appears the results were worse than anticipated.
Cowboys QB Tony Romo has been ruled out the rest of the season due to his back injury, per league source.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) December 23, 2013
This changes the whole complexion for this Sunday’s win-or-go-home showdown against the Cowboys, as they will now have to lean on backup quarterback Kyle Orton, rather than a top-10 quarterback in Romo.
I certainly wouldn’t pencil this game in as a win yet, due to the fact that the Cowboys have a backup in Orton, who has one some games in his career, and a hot running-back in DeMarco Murray.
Even taking that into account, the Eagles were considered favorites going into the game, and should win by ten-plus, and cruise into the playoffs for the first time since 2010.