IRVING, Texas — Any hope the Cowboys had of getting Tony Romo on the field for Sunday's winner-take-all game against the Eagles for the NFC East title was lost Friday morning when the quarterback had back surgery. The Cowboys placed him on injured reserve.
Romo suffered a herniated disc in Sunday's game at Washington, and the Cowboys waited to see if daily treatment as well as an epidural steroid injection would let him get on the field. It was decided late Thursday that Romo would have the surgery, coach Jason Garrett said.
Backup Kyle Orton will start against Philadelphia, with newly signed Jon Kitna backing him.
"We spent the week exhausting all options in regards to Tony's situation — treatment, rehab, all the different things, consulted a lot of different people on this," Garrett said. "…This was the best decision for him and for the organization moving forward, and we felt like it was better to have this done sooner rather than later."
Garrett said he talked to Romo, and the quarterback was "devastated" by the decision. "He puts a lot into this," Garrett said.
Asomugha retires: Nnamdi Asomugha, whose career fizzled after he signed a $60 million, five-year contract with the Eagles in 2011, announced his retirement at the Raiders' facility. Asomugha, 32, made three Pro Bowls and was a two-time first-team All-Pro cornerback in eight seasons in Oakland. He was waived by the 49ers this season.
Manning call: The league agrees with interim Texans coach Wade Phillips: Broncos QB Peyton Manning's record-tying 50th TD toss Sunday at Houston shouldn't have counted because Eric Decker bobbled the ball. The touchdown still counts, however, as does Manning's 51st TD throw to set a single-season record.
Fines: The league fined Rams linebacker Jo-Lonn Dunbar $21,000 for a helmet-to-helmet hit. Jets defensive lineman Sheldon Richardson ($15,750) and Bills rookie receiver Roberts Woods ($15,750) were docked for penalties in Sunday's games.
BEARS: Kicker Robbie Gould re-signed a four-year extension worth a reported $15 million, more than $9 million guaranteed. Gould, 31, has hit 26 of 29 field goals this season and 86 percent career, third all-time.
BILLS: Rookie quarterback and former Florida State standout EJ Manuel won't start in Sunday's finale at New England because of a small tear in a left knee ligament that will not require surgery. Backup Thad Lewis will start against the Patriots.
CHIEFS: Receiver Dwayne Bowe (concussion) and linebacker Tamba Hali (knee) will miss Sunday's game at San Diego. Kansas City is locked into the No. 5 seed in the AFC playoffs.
GIANTS: Receiver Victor Cruz, who had surgery on his left knee Dec. 19, said his knee should be healthy in about two months.
JAGUARS: Defensive tackle Sen'Derrick Marks signed a four-year contract extension worth a reported $22 million.
PACKERS: Linebacker Clay Matthews had surgery on his right thumb and will miss Sunday's game at Chicago.