IRVING, Texas -- The Dallas Cowboys might be without quarterback Tony Romo when they face the Philadelphia Eagles in the winner-take-all battle for the NFC East title and the playoffs.
Coach Jason Garrett announced Monday that Romo is having lingering effects from a back injury he suffered in Sunday's dramatic 24-23 victory against the Washington Redskins and will be evaluated on a day-by-day basis.
When asked if Romo will miss the rest of the season, Garrett said, "We have not made that determination at this point."
"It's a hip or back injury. It's all connected. You feel pain in different parts of your body."
If Romo can't play, veteran backup Kyle Orton will start against the Eagles. It will be his first start since 2011. He has not started a game since joining the Cowboys last season, though he has played in three games the past two years.
Orton has 69 career starts with a record of 35-34.
The Cowboys are 6-7 in games without Romo since he became the full-time starter in 2006.
That they have to play against the Eagles in such a crucial matchup without Romo is devastating to their hopes of making the playoffs for the first time since 2009.
It's certainly a far cry the aftermath of Sunday's dramatic comeback victory against the Washington Redskins when a gimpy Romo rallied them to victory from a 23-14 fourth-quarter deficit.
Romo said the back bothered him for much of the second half, yet he was able to throw a season-saving touchdown pass to running back DeMarco Murray on fourth and 10 with 1:31 left in the game.
Garrett said he did not meet or see Romo on Monday.
"We're coming up with a course of action," Garrett said. "We'll evaluate it on a day-by-day basis. The MRI was part of the evaluation. There's a series of things."
The Cowboys will have to sign another backup quarterback. They do not have a quarterback on their practice roster. Alex Tanney was signed off the Cowboys' practice squad by Cleveland last month.
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