The Dallas Cowboys are still holding out hope that Tony Romo will be able to withstand the pain and lead them into their final game of the season against the Philadelphia Eagles. According to ESPN on Dec. 25, Romo is "fighting through" pain but is still not ready to practice.
The Cowboys signed former backup quarterback Jon Kitna to come back to the team to back up Kyle Orton, who is expected to start for Dallas if Romo is not able to play.
Romo received an epidural in his back and is preparing for Sunday's game with the Eagles, a game that the Cowboys have to win if they want to make the playoffs. The rumors around Dallas indicate that Jason Garrett and his coaching staff will be fired if they do not win this game - the third year in a row that the playoffs came down to the final game of the season.
Dallas lost to the Washington Redskins and the New York Giants the last two years to miss the playoffs, and this year's game with the Eagles will mark what has become the "NFC East Championship" game for Dallas.
ESPN reports that the Tony Romo injury is a herniated disk and the Dallas Cowboys' quarterback will require surgery to fix it. However, with everything that is on the line in this game, Romo seems to be willing to play through pain if needed, but the question that Dallas has to ask is whether this short term goal is worth risking further injury to Romo.