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What a roller-coaster ride it's been for Dallas Cowboys fans over the past few days.
First came the team's come-from-behind victory on Sunday over the Redskins, which featured late-game heroics from quarterback Tony Romo. The win guaranteed the Cowboys would play for the NFC East title in Week 17 against the Eagles.
Then ESPN's Adam Schefter reported that Romo would miss the remainder of the season with a herniated disk in his back.
But Cowboys owner Jerry Jones and coach Jason Garrett have refused to rule Romo out for Sunday's game, and Ian Rapoport of NFL.com reported Tuesday that Romo received an epidural shot in his back in the hopes he'll be able to play.
Reading the tea leaves, it seems unlikely Romo will be under center for Dallas on Sunday night, which is a bummer for everyone except the Philadelphia Eagles. If Romo doesn't go, backup Kyle Orton will get the start with Dallas' season on the line.
While Orton is one of the better backup options in the league, he isn't close to Romo's level. B/R's Mike Freeman minced no words in this piece about the Cowboys' chances without their star quarterback.
The problem for Dallas? Even if Romo miraculously heals and it wins on Sunday, the defense is so bad that it ultimately stands no chance in the playoffs. And that's with Romo. Without him, forget about it.
The Cowboys seem destined for another 8-8 finish and no postseason play. While that would have spelled doom for Garrett in any other circumstance, Romo's injury may offer an excuse for the overmatched coach to return in 2014.
Next Game: vs. Philadelphia Eagles (Sunday Night Football)