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NFL league news: Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo out for the season

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The Dallas Cowboys will be without starting quarterback Tony Romo this Sunday when the team goes up against the Philadelphia Eagles for NFC East bragging rights. According to USA Today Sports on Dec. 27, Romo underwent back surgery Friday morning and will miss the remainder of the season.

Romo has been suffering from a herniated disk in his back which didn’t prevent him from leading the Cowboys to a comeback victory of the Washington Redskins last week. The Cowboys didn’t rule Tony Romo out for this week until a decision was made for him to undergo surgery. The team was more concerned about Romo’s future rather than risking further potential injury in Sunday’s NFC title game.

The Cowboys will have an experienced quarterback starting in the place of Romo. Backup quarterback Kyle Orton will get the start which will be his first since 20ll with the Kansas City Chiefs. Orton gained most of his experience as a starter with both the Chicago Bears and Denver Broncos.

The Cowboys have also convinced Jon Kitna to come out of retirement and be the backup quarterback to Orton.

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