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Tony Romo undergoes season-ending back surgery

Michael-Irvin-pressure-on-Tony-RomoThe speculation has finally ended — Tony Romo will not be able to suit up for the Dallas Cowboys when the NFC East title is at stake against the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday. Head coach Jason Garrett announced on Friday morning that Romo has undergone back surgery and is officially out for the season.

“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.”

ESPN’s Adam Schefter first reported on Monday that Romo will miss the remainder of the season with a back injury. Later in the week, Cowboys fans were given reason for optimism when Jerry Jones said that nothing was official and word surfaced that Romo had received an epidural. Schefter’s initial report wound up being accurate.

Naturally, some of the Romo haters are going to be throwing the toughness question around. The fact that Romo required surgery and his back was bothering him before a win over the Washington Redskins proves he is as tough as any player in the league. Say what you will about Romo’s poor decision making in clutch situations, but he has played through a number of painful injuries throughout his career. If he was able to play through the back injury, he would have.


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