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Dallas Cowboys injury update: Tony Romo misses practice on Thursday

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The Tony Romo injury remains a question mark for the Dallas Cowboys heading into their season ending game with the Philadelphia Eagles this weekend. According to ESPN on Dec. 26, Romo missed practice again on Thursday and still hasn't attended a team meeting yet this week.

Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett said that Romo did not need to practice at all this week in order to play on Sunday. Garrett said that they would like Romo to practice, but as long as he has been playing for Dallas, he gets more leeway than other players might.

Dallas has Kyle Orton taking all the first team snaps in practice this week and Jon Kitna has returned to the team to work as the backup quarterback in practice. It is likely those will be the two quarterbacks that will play on Sunday, but Dallas refuses to throw in the towel on Romo's season until they have to.

ESPN reports that they have been told Romo has a herniated disk in his back and needs season ending surgery. The Cowboys' season will end if they lose to the Eagles this week, and the coaching staff is doing everything they can to save their jobs. That means holding out hope that Romo can tough out the rest of the season for the team.

Back in 2011, Romo played through a cracked rib, and he feels that if the pain is manageable, he can play through his herniated disk. That decision won't come until game time though.

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