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Cowboys' Romo has surgery, out for Eagles finale

By By Clarence E. Hill Jr. - Fort Worth Star-Telegram (MCT)
Dec. 28, 2013 at 6:28 a.m.

Dallas Cowboys quarterbacks Kyle Orton, left,  and Tony Romo  warm up for an NFL football game in Arlington in November. Orton will make his first start at quarterback in his two seasons with the Cowboys on Sunday night, Dec. 29, unless Romo can recover from a herniated disc. Dallas will be playing a winner-take-all game at home against the Philadelphia Eagles for the NFC East title and a playoff berth.

IRVING (AP) - Tony Romo's season is over, and the Dallas Cowboys will have to win without their star quarterback in a third straight playoffs-or-bust finale.

Coach Jason Garrett said Romo had back surgery Friday, and Kyle Orton will start when Dallas faces Philadelphia on Sunday night with the NFC East title and a postseason berth on the line.

Garrett said Romo underwent treatment all week in hopes of playing after injuring his back in a season-saving 24-23 victory against Washington. The winning touchdown came after the injury on Romo's fourth-down pass to DeMarco Murray in the final two minutes.

Romo hurt himself when he tripped over his foot while trying to escape pressure earlier in the fourth quarter.

Romo lost the past two winner-take-all finales - to the New York Giants two years ago and Washington last season..

Orton will make his first start since the finale in 2011, when he finished the season in Kansas City after getting replaced by Tim Tebow in Denver. He's appeared in three games and thrown just 15 passes in two seasons as Romo's backup.

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