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Cowboys QB Tony Romo undergoes back surgery; Kyle Orton will start

December 27, 2013|By Sam Farmer
  • Dallas quarterbacks Kyle Orton, left, and Tony Romo warm up before the Cowboys' game against Oakland on Nov. 28.
Dallas quarterbacks Kyle Orton, left, and Tony Romo warm up before the Cowboys'… (Brandon Wade / Associated…)

It's official: Dallas quarterback Tony Romo has undergone back surgery and Kyle Orton will start Sunday night in a winner-take-all game against Philadelphia.

Cowboys Coach Jason Garrett announced the news Friday morning.

"We anticipate this surgery to solve the issue with his back," Garrett told reporters, according to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.

Romo, who suffered the injury while spinning away from a tackle in Sunday's victory at Washington, has been placed on injured reserve and is done for the season.

The winner of Sunday night's game clinches the NFC East, and the loser is eliminated.

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