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Romo reportedly out, Garrett signals doubt

IRVING, Texas — Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo is out for the season with a back injury, according to an ESPN report, though coach Jason Garrett said his status wasn't that certain.

With Sunday's winner-take-all NFC East showdown against the visiting Eagles looming, Garrett responded to questions about Romo being out by saying that the team had "not made that determination at all at this point."

During Sunday's 24-23 victory over the Redskins, Romo limped so badly on one play that he barely made it to the spot where he had to hand off.

But that obvious limp was gone by the time the Dallas quarterback threw a fourth-down touchdown to DeMarco Murray which kept Dallas' playoff hopes alive. Garrett wouldn't reveal the results of an MRI exam for Romo, 33.

"Obviously he was able to play through it and played very well at the end of that ballgame," Garrett said. "He's getting treatment."

ESPN's Chris Mortensen reported that Romo has a herniated disc in the lumbar region and needs surgery.

Kyle Orton is the backup for the Cowboys.

Broncos' Miller out

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — The Broncos began the season without strongside linebacker Von Miller, and they'll end it without him.

Tests Monday revealed a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee, ending his season. He was hurt in the first quarter of Denver's 37-13 win Sunday at Houston.

The former Defensive Rookie of the Year began the season with a six-game drug suspension and finishes with just five sacks and 33 tackles in 10 games.

Hernandez case: A judge might impose a formal gag order in the murder case against former Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez after his attorneys accused Massachusetts of allowing leaks. Defense attorney Michael Fee blamed prosecutors for out-of-court statements reported in the media that he says have tarnished the former Gator.

CHIEFS: Albert Lewis and Art Still, members of the team's Hall of Fame are among nine former players joining a lawsuit that contends the team hid the risks of permanent brain injuries from repeated concussions.

LIONS: A day after the team was ousted from postseason contention, people who bought playoff tickets got them in the mail. The team said the money will be credited toward season-ticket renewals or be refunded.

PACKERS: Coach Mike McCarthy said he isn't sure if quarterback Aaron Rodgers (broken collarbone) will start Sunday's winner-take-all NFC North matchup at Chicago.

PANTHERS: Receiver Steve Smith is "highly doubtful" for Sunday with a left knee sprain, coach Ron Rivera said.

RAIDERS: Quarterback Terrelle Pryor will start at Sunday against Denver, replacing Matt McGloin.

RAMS: Left tackle Jake Long has a torn ACL and MCL in his right knee, suffered Sunday against the Bucs, and needs surgery.

SAINTS: Coach Sean Payton said safety Kenny Vaccaro has a broken left ankle and is scheduled for surgery today.

Romo reportedly out, Garrett signals doubt 12/23/13 [Last modified: Monday, December 23, 2013 10:54pm]
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