On Friday morning, reports broke that Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo underwent season-ending back surgery. This was not a surprise as Romo was clearly injured in last Sunday's win over the Washington Redskins, and the only people who seemed to believe that he'd play in the regular-season finale against the Philadelphia Eagles were team owner Jerry Jones and head coach Jason Garrett.
But it was Garrett who finally said the surgery was necessary, per the Dallas Morning News.
"The procedure happened this morning," Garrett said. "We felt the surgery went well. Tony should be able to come home later today and start his rehabilitation. He'll start his road to recovery, sooner rather than later. We're completely confident he will rehab and come back at 100 percent."
Romo received an epidural shot for a herniated disk in his back Monday, and later in the week, Garrett was asked if the NFL had contacted the Cowboys regarding Romo's absence from the team's injury report despite the fact that the quarterback had been experiencing back pain going into the Redskins game.
“He took every rep in practice,’’ Garrett said Thursday. “That’s what we based our injury reports on with all of our players. He practiced on Wednesday, practiced on Thursday, practiced on Friday and took every rep.
“I think everyone’s dealing with something this time of year. If you want to say, ‘How’s that elbow feeling?' with every guy you’d have a pretty extensive injury report.’’
The Cowboys signed Jon Kitna to back up Kyle Orton, who will start against the Eagles on Sunday night, and in the playoffs should Dallas beat Philadelphia and win the NFC East.
As late as Wednesday, Garrett held out hope -- at least publicly -- that Romo could somehow play.
"I saw him briefly today, and he's fighting through it," the coach said. "He's certainly in a situation where he's trying to do everything he can to get himself back with the rehab process and treatment process, like any injured player would. He's a tough guy, as we saw the other day. We'll just see how he does." Orton, signed by the Cowboys before the 2012 season, has attempted 15 passes in the regular season over the last two years.