IRVING (December 27, 2013) Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo had back surgery Friday and will miss Dallas' third straight season finale with the NFC East title and a playoff berth on the line, coach Jason Garrett said.
Romo underwent surgery Friday after consultation with doctors during the week after his injury in the win over Washington.
Kyle Orton will start for the Cowboys in the winner-take-all game against Philadelphia on Sunday night.
Romo lost the past two winner-take-all finales , to the New York Giants two years ago and Washington last season.
He also lost to the Eagles in the same situation in 2008.
Philadelphia (9-6) is trying to complete a worst-to-first turnaround from a 4-12 season under first-year coach Chip Kelly.
The Cowboys (8-7) want to end a three-year playoff drought.