IRVING, Texas — Team owner Jerry Jones said the Cowboys aren't ruling Tony Romo out of Sunday's winner-take-all game against Philadelphia because doctors could clear him after treating his back injury.
Jones said on his radio show Tuesday that his quarterback has proven he can play with pain but won't if doctors advise against it.
The Cowboys and Eagles meet in Dallas' third straight season finale against an NFC East rival with the division title and a playoff berth on the line.
Romo received an epidural injection on Sunday, after the team returned from its win at Washington, to relieve pain and swelling related to his herniated disc, ESPN reported.
"If you know Tony, you can't imagine what a competitor he is, and he doesn't want to miss a snap," Jones said.
Kyle Orton, who hasn't started a game since 2011, is the backup. The team website had a report that Jon Kitna is coming out of retirement to join the Cowboys as the third quarterback. Kitna, 41, retired after the 2011 season and has been teaching and coaching in Tacoma, Wash. He made nine starts for an injured Romo in 2010.
Pryor's agent vs. Raiders: Terrelle Pryor backed off comments his agent made accusing the Raiders of setting the quarterback up to fail by starting him Sunday against Denver. Jerome Stanley told CSN Bay Area on Monday that he believed coach Dennis Allen hopes Pryor struggles, thus justifying his decision to start Matt McGloin the past five weeks. Pryor apologized on Twitter and to Allen. "I'm happy that Coach Allen gave me this opportunity," Pryor said Tuesday. Allen said he holds no ill will toward Pryor. "This isn't the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, this isn't made for TV drama," Allen said. "I can't control the ignorance that might come out of somebody else's mouth."
Agent defends Bear: The agent for Bears defensive tackle Henry Melton says his client didn't start an altercation at a Dallas-area bar that led to his arrest. Jordan Woy released a statement saying that several independent witnesses said Melton didn't start the incident.
Candlestick blotter: Police made 30 arrests Monday during the 49ers' regular-season finale at Candlestick Park — including one person taken into custody on suspicion of trying to steal a stadium seat, Sgt. Eric O'Neal said.
Watt's wound: Texans defensive end J.J. Watt said he'll look into plastic surgery in the offseason to repair a nose injury. A collision in Week 4 left the 2012 defensive player of the year with a deep gash that reopens in every game, leaving an ugly mark. Watt said he's considering the procedure mostly at the prodding of his mother: "She hates it."
Falcons: Defensive tackle Corey Peters (Achilles) will have surgery after getting injured Monday at San Francisco.