It seems unlikely since Tony Romo reportedly has a herniated disk that could require surgery, but Cowboys owner and general manager Jerry Jones said late Monday that Romo could still be cleared to play in the Week 17 game against the Eagles. The winner will take the NFC East and the playoff berth that comes with it.
“All I'm saying is he has back spasms, symptoms that we're treating as we go along in the week to see if he will play,” Jones said, via the Dallas Morning News. “There is nothing structurally that will rule him out if he feels good and is cleared to play. Nothing.”
Despite multiple reports that Romo's injury is, in fact, a herniated disk, Jones remained vague about the particulars.
“The facts are there is a lot we can't comment on,” Jones said. “But the most important thing is if he feels better as the week goes along, there is nothing structurally to prevent him from playing. He might be cleared to play.”
When asked about the possibility of surgery down the road, Jones said, “as far as what we're seeing right now, what we do in the future we don't know.”
Jerry uses HIPPA to say he can't discuss Romo's medical report. Hilarious. Adds that Romo called him from doctor's office yesterday.— Charean Williams (@NFLCharean) December 24, 2013
Earlier Monday, coach Jason Garrett was also noncommittal about the extent of Romo's injury, telling reporters, "He's going to get treatment each day and we'll evaluate it on a day-by-day basis and see what his status is for Wednesday and this coming week. ... We have not made that determination (on Romo's playing status.) Like with any player the day after the game, we just want to see what the injury is."
If Romo doesn't play, backup Kyle Orton will make his first start in two years. Because Orton is the only other quarterback on the roster, league sources told CBS Sports NFL Insider Jason La Canfora that the Cowboys will bring in Tyler Thigpen, David Carr and John Skelton for workouts, with plans to sign one of the three.