If the Cowboys are going to get to the playoffs and go on a run in the postseason, they’re going to do it without quarterback Tony Romo.
Romo has suffered a back injury that will knock him out of the must-win Week 17 game against the Eagles, as well as any playoff games the Cowboys play in, according to Adam Schefter of ESPN.
That means Kyle Orton will start on Sunday against the Eagles and start the playoffs if the Cowboys can beat the Eagles without Romo.
The Cowboys have no other quarterbacks on their roster besides Romo and Orton, so they’ll need to sign someone to back Orton up.
Obviously, this is a major blow to the Cowboys’ chances of beating the Eagles on Sunday and any chance they might have had of winning in the playoffs if they should beat the Eagles. It’s also a major blow to head coach Jason Garrett, who may lose his job if the Cowboys lose to the Eagles on Sunday. The news in Dallas couldn’t be much worse.