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Romo may miss rest of season

Dallas quarterback is still hurting from back injury, and reportedly has a herniated disk that could keep him out of Sunday’s key NFC East game against Philadelphia.

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IRVING, Texas — The Dallas Cowboys might be without quarterback Tony Romo when they face the Philadelphia Eagles in the winner-take-all battle for the NFC East title and the playoffs.

Coach Jason Garrett announced Monday that Romo is having lingering effects from a back injury he suffered in Sunday’s dramatic 24-23 victory against the Washington Redskins and will be evaluated on a day-by-day basis.

When asked if Romo will miss the rest of the season, Garrett said, “We have not made that determination at this point.”

“It’s a hip or back injury. It’s all connected. You feel pain in different parts of your body.”

Sources told ESPN that Romo has a herniated disk in his lower back and needs to have surgery. If Romo can’t play, veteran backup Kyle Orton will start against the Eagles. It will be his first start since 2011. He has not started a game since joining the Cowboys last season, though he has played in three games the past two years.

Orton has 69 career starts with a record of 35-34.

The Cowboys will have to sign another backup quarterback. They do not have a quarterback on their practice roster. Alex Tanney was signed off the Cowboys’ practice squad by Cleveland.

Miller out for season

The Denver Broncos began the season without strongside linebacker Von Miller, and they’ll end it without him, too.

Miller is done for the year after tests Monday revealed a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee, which he injured in the first quarter of Denver’s 37-13 win at Houston over the weekend.

“It’s definitely going to be a blow,” executive vice president John Elway said on his weekly podcast on the team’s website. “But I think that we’ve done a good job of handling adversity throughout the year. This is another bump in the road for us.”


• Green Bay coach Mike McCarthy isn’t sure if quarterback Aaron Rodgers will start the team’s winner-take-all NFC North matchup with Chicago.

McCarthy said the team wants to make a decision on Rodgers’ availability “sooner than later.”

Rodgers, who has not played since fracturing his left collarbone against the Bears at Lambeau Field on Nov. 4, has missed the past seven games.

Rodgers’ status isn’t the only issue for the Packers on the injury front. Four-time Pro Bowl outside linebacker Clay Matthews, who missed four games earlier this season after breaking his right thumb against Detroit on Oct. 6, broke the thumb again Sunday and may be lost for the season.

“The training staff didn’t feel very good about the injury, so we’re still working through the process,” McCarthy said.

And running back Eddie Lacy, who has been hobbled by a sprained right ankle since suffering the initial injury Dec. 8, hurt the ankle again Sunday and could be out, too.

• The Rex Ryan era could be drawing to a close. But the New York Jets coach insisted that he’s not focused on his job security.

“I’m not disgruntled about anything,” the coach said. “I’m excited about the opportunity in front of us — which is playing the Dolphins.”

• Washington coach Mike Shanahan said that he expects the future of his coaching career to be determined quickly once the season comes to an end against the New York Giants.

Shanahan has faced an uncertain future throughout much of his team’s tumultuous 2013 campaign, but a chance of returning has seemed to dwindle in the past three weeks. With Washington riding a seven-game losing streak and questions lingering about the health of his relationship with owner Daniel Snyder and quarterback Robert Griffin III, Shanahan’s career in D.C. appears to dangle by a thread.

Terrelle Pryor will start at quarterback for Oakland, replacing Matt McGloin.

Injury report
Player, PositionTeamInjuryPrognosis
Tony Romo, QBCowboysBack Out for season?
Von Miller, LBBroncosKneeOut for season
Clay Matthews, LBPackers ThumbLikely out Sunday
Steve Smith, WRPanthersKneeLikely out Sunday
Ryan Mathews, RBChargersAnkleShould play Sunday
Jake Long, OTRams KneeOut Sunday
Kenny Vaccaro, SSaintsAnkleOut for season
Jonathan Joseph, CBTexansToe Out Sunday

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