Tony Romo likely won't play Sunday
by ELWYN HENDERSON
Dec 24, 2013 | 879 views | 0 0 comments | 40 40 recommendations | email to a friend | print
After guiding a last-gasp, most unlikely win Sunday on the road against the Washington Redskins that kept Dallas in the race to win the NFC East Championship and make the playoffs if they defeat the Philadelphia Eagles at AT & T Stadium in Arlington Sunday night, it appears that quarterback Tony Romo is done for the season. ESPN first reported on Monday that Romo was out for the year with a back injury. Coach Jason Garrett, in his press conference Monday afternoon claimed that while Romo did suffer “a back or hip injury of some sort”, he was officially day-to-day, and could not be ruled out to play in the team’s biggest game of the year. ESPN’s Chris Mortensen then reported later in the day that Romo has a herniated disc and will face surgery, and would not be able to play for fear that the injury could become even worse if he did.

This soap opera will most likely drag on until the end of the week, and most likely Romo will NOT play in the game. Most sports pundits believe Garrett is just trying to make the Eagles guess who they will have to defend in the “win or go home” game, much as Chip Kelley and the Eagles did to Dallas when they played on the road in Philly back in October. Michael Vick was declared out by the media early in the week, but the Eagles insisted he was “day-to-day”. Nick Foles ended up starting that game, and Dallas won 17-3.

While every Cowboys fan would prefer to see Romo rather than likely starter Kyle Orton, Dallas might actually have a better chance at winning with Orton. NFL stats show that Romo has the SECOND LOWEST quarterback rating among active quarterbacks in Week 17 in his career. UNFORTUNATELY, Orton didn’t fare much better in Week 17 games back when he was the starting quarterback for the Chicago Bears.

The bottom line is that Dallas, currently at 8-7, is still struggling with the worst defense in the NFL. Granted, they have had numerous injuries, but the starters at several positions weren’t even that good when they were healthy and playing. In comparison, the Eagles are 9-6, and are coming off a demolishing performance Sunday night, as they drubbed the playoff-hopeful Bears in Philadelphia in a 54-11 laugher. Add it all up, and it will take a miracle similar to the parting of the Red Sea for the Cowboys to come out with a victory Sunday night, whether Romo plays or not.

IF they are able to pull off what would be considered to be a major upset, they will get no rest, as they will be hosting a Wild Card game either the following Saturday or Sunday. They have only managed to put back-to-back wins together once this season, so to expect this rag-tag bunch to be able to win three straight games and move to the second round of the playoffs would probably have five million to one odds.

One thing is certain: UNLESS Dallas makes the playoffs, there WILL be a number of changes in 2014, both in team members and coaches. One has to question if Jason Garrett should remain as the head coach, but if Romo doesn’t play in the winner take all game Sunday night, he will almost certainly be the head coach in 2014. Jerry Jones has shown no signs of firing Garrett, and he will doubtless feel that without his starting field general it wouldn’t be fair to send him packing.

The next several days are going to prove very interesting at Valley Ranch in Irving. Stay tuned for the fireworks!
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