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The Cowboys are expected to restructure the contracts of both Tony Romo and Kyle Orton.

Dallas goes through this every offseason -- just pushing problems further down the road to deal with the following year. The Cowboys are currently projected to be nearly $25 million over the 2014 salary cap. Turning Romo's $13.5 million base salary into the veteran's minimum and a "signing bonus" would create over $9 million in cap space. Orton and his $4.37 million cap number could be released, but that would save a meager $995,000.

Tony Romo QB DAL 3 Months

According to Cowboys owner Jerry Jones, Tony Romo (back surgery) is "doing well," and expected to "do something" in the team's offseason program.

Commenting on rumors about Romo's weight ballooning following his operation, Jones also said Romo had shed some LBs. Jones had previously said Romo will be ready for OTAs, but with two back surgeries in the past nine months now under his belt, there's little reason for Romo to rush. We doubt he does much of anything before June's mandatory minicamp. He doesn't need to.

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Jerry Jones said the Cowboys will not be using a "significant" draft pick on a quarterback.

Jones expects Tony Romo (back surgery) to be ready for spring OTAs and play a high level for "several years to come." He's clearly not concerned that Romo has now had two back surgeries in the last eight months (the first was to remove a cyst). The Cowboys have not drafted a quarterback since using a fourth-round pick on Stephen McGee way back in 2009.

Tony Romo QB DAL 4 Months

Tony Romo underwent back surgery Friday morning and is officially out for the remainder of the season.

Coach Jason Garrett revealed the news and said the team will place Romo on season-ending injured reserve this afternoon. Romo was dealing with a herniated disk in his lower back. He received an epidural injection Tuesday in an effort to relieve the pain, but it had minimal effect. Romo has now undergone two back surgeries this year, though the Cowboys say they are unrelated. Kyle Orton will start this week's winner-take-all game against the Eagles. Jon Kitna is his backup. It's unclear whether Romo will be ready for training camp.

Tony Romo QB DAL 4 Months

Tony Romo's back is only "slightly" improved as a result of his epidural injection.

Romo didn't attend practice, team meetings or the game-plan session on Wednesday. The Cowboys continue to keep the NFL world in limbo by not officially announcing his status, but no one is giving him a real shot to suit up. The epidural was a desperation move that apparently hasn't panned out. Kyle Orton took all the first-team reps Wednesday and makes for an intriguing FanDuel play this week.

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Tony Romo (back) did not practice Wednesday.

Not surprising. Romo reportedly received an epidural injection Tuesday and is just going to rest ahead of Sunday's winner-takes-the-NFC-East matchup with the Eagles. Coach Jason Garrett said Romo feels a little better but "doesn't seem overly comfortable." Garrett added that his quarterback is "fighting through it" and remains "day-to-day." There's just no way Romo is actually going to play, if he truly is dealing with a herniated disk in his back.

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A source tells ESPN's Ed Werder that Tony Romo got an epidural injection for his herniated disc.

Tony Romo QB DAL 4 Months

Updating an earlier item, ESPN's Chris Mortensen reports Tony Romo's season-ending back injury is a herniated disc, and that he requires surgery.

Both FOX's Jay Glazer and NFL.com's Ian Rapoport have confirmed Romo's injury is a herniated disc. Meanwhile, Cowboys coach Jason Garrett danced around the issue at Monday's presser, claiming Romo would undergo treatment before the team made a determination on his Week 17 status. He's not going to play, and won't be available for the playoffs should Kyle Orton pull off a Flynn-ian miracle against the Eagles. Big D should give up the ghost some time in the next 48 hours.

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ESPN's Adam Schefter reports Tony Romo's back injury is season-ending.

We'll take "season-ending" to mean the playoffs, as well. It's a thunderbolt of bad news for the Cowboys as they gear up for Sunday's winner-take-all showdown with the Eagles, and a testament to Romo's toughness after he played through the injury against the Redskins. It's remarkable Romo was able to finish Sunday's game. It leaves Kyle Orton as the Cowboys' Week 17 starter. Owner Jerry Jones made Orton one of the league's highest-paid backups in 2012, giving him a three-year, $10.5 million deal. Orton has attempted just 15 passes since arriving in Big D. He should give the Cowboys a fighting chance, but the Eagles are now the prohibitive favorites to claim the NFC East crown. Romo finishes 2013 the owner of 3,828 yards and a 31:10 TD:INT ratio. He hasn't missed a game since 2010.

Tony Romo QB DAL 4 Months

Tony Romo completed 17-of-27 passes for 226 yards with two touchdowns and one interception in Sunday's 24-23 Week 16 win at Washington.

Thanks to turnovers and another abandonment of the running game, the Cowboys found themselves down 23-14 in the fourth quarter. But it was Romo's turn to pull a rabbit out of the hat as he shook off a leg injury and gutted out 10 points in the final six minutes. He capped it on a dramatic fourth-and-goal from the 10-yard line that saw him step up in the pocket and find a leaking DeMarco Murray for his second score of the day. Romo, who now has 31 touchdowns and 3,828 yards on the season, will be playing for the NFC East crown and one playoff spot in Week 17 when the Cowboys host the Eagles.