Report: Tony Romo had epidural to relieve back pain

Tony Romo reportedly received an epidural in recent days. (USATSI)
Cowboys owner and general manager Jerry Jones has said that quarterback Tony Romo could still be cleared to play in Sunday's regular-season finale against the Eagles. There were reports that Romo and a herniated disk, but Jones would only call them back spasms, adding, "There is nothing structurally that will rule him out if he feels good and is cleared to play. Nothing.”

But according to ESPN's Ed Werder, sometime after the Cowboys returned to Dallas following last Sunday's win over the Redskins, Romo received an epidural injection to relieve pain and reduce inflammation related to the herniated disk in his lower back.

Typically, it takes two or three days for doctors to determine if the epidural has worked, but sources told Werder that Romo remains a long shot to play against Philadelphia.

"I would be very, very surprised if he got back on the field," one source said.

Meanwhile, Jones has remained vague about the particulars of Romo's injury.

“The facts are there is a lot we can't comment on,” the owner 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.”

On 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.

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Ryan Wilson has been an NFL writer for CBS Sports since June 2011, and he's covered five Super Bowls in that time. Ryan previously worked at AOL's FanHouse from start to finish, and Football Outsiders... Full Bio

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