Tony Romo Has Season-Ending Back Surgery

Kyle Orton to get the start Sunday vs. the Eagles

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Dallas Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett says quarterback Tony Romo had season-ending back surgery Friday morning.

Romo injured his back during last weekend's game against the Washington Redskins before leading the team to a come-from-behind victory.

Garrett said Romo will be placed on injured reserve Friday and that the surgery went well.  Further details about the surgery have not yet been released.

On Monday, it was reported Romo's injury was severe enough that he was done for the year.  Through Thursday, Garrett remained steadfast that the team had made no decision about who would play Sunday and remained optimistic Romo would be available.

The Dallas Cowboys confirmed Friday that backup quarterback Kyle Orton will get the start on Sunday against the Philadelphia Eagles. Former Cowboys quarterback Jon Kitna, who was signed earlier this week, will serve as Orton's backup.

Earlier this week, owner Jerry Jones told the Star-Telegram that the team would have plenty of offensive power with Orton at the helm.

The Cowboys and the Eagles face off Sunday night on NBC 5 for the NFC East crown and a trip to the playoffs.

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