The Dallas Cowboys hoped they might have quarterback Tony Romo back for their big game with the Philadelphia Eagles, with the 2013 playoffs on the line. However, ESPN reported on Dec. 27 that those hopes were dashed when Romo underwent surgery on Friday morning.
Romo received an epidural shot on Monday and has been hoping to play this weekend, but the pain was too great for him to fight through. Romo has a herniated disk in his back and required this surgery to fix the damage and prepare him to return in 2014.
The Cowboys' team may look drastically different when Romo returns as the coaching staff might be coaching for their jobs against the Eagles, without their starting quarterback in the lineup. Kyle Orton will step in to lead Dallas into the final game of the season with Jon Kitna serving as his backup.
Dez Bryant, who injured his back in a Christmas Day practice said that he will take the field on Sunday and wants to win the game for Tony Romo. With Orton in the lineup for the first time this season, Bryant will have a lot of work to do to help his new quarterback while Dallas will likely rely more on DeMarco Murray to run the ball in this game as well.
Dallas Cowboys' owner Jerry Jones said that Romo having surgery today was important because that will put him on the timetable to return in time for spring OTAs.