The 2013 NFL regular season will end next Sunday night with the Philadelphia Eagles heading to Texas to face the Dallas Cowboys for the NFC East division and a berth in the NFL playoffs.
But according to ESPN NFL Insider Adm Schefter, the Cowboys will be without quarterback Tony Romo after he suffered a significant back injury during yesterday’s win over the Washington Redskins:
Cowboys QB Tony Romo has been ruled out the rest of the season due to his back injury, per league source.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) December 23, 2013
Tony Romo’s MRI not good. Ruled out rest of season, per source telling @AdamSchefter
— Chris Mortensen (@mortreport) December 23, 2013
For the 20th time in his career, Tony Romo led the Cowboys to a come-from-behind victory in a game they trailed in the fourth quarter or later. With their season on the line and trailing the Redskins 23-14, Romo led Dallas to consecutive scoring drives in the closing minutes, the last of which being a a nine-play touchdown drive with under two minutes to play, helping the Cowboys improve to 8-7 with a 24-23 victory.
It is worth pointing out that Romo underwent a minor procedure to remove a cyst on his back in April during this past offseason, and questions of the 33-year-old’s durability will certainly be an issue going forward, especially after he signed a six-year extension in March worth $108 million, including $55 million guaranteed.