Jason Garrett: Tony Romo still 'day to day'

Jason Garrett: Tony Romo still 'day to day'
December 25, 2013, 7:30 pm
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Tony Romo has still not been ruled out by the Cowboys for Sunday's division-deciding game against the Eagles. (USA Today Images)

The Cowboys have still not ruled out Tony Romo for Sunday's NFC East deciding game against the Eagles. Head coach Jason Garrett said at a press conference Wednesday that the quarterback's back injury will be evaluated "day to day." 

Garrett said he saw Romo, who is going through the treatment process, earlier in the day and that the quarterback is "fighting through it." 

"He certainly doesn't seem overly comfortable," Garrett said. "So he's clearly working his way back through it."

ESPN is reporting that Romo is out Sunday -- and for the rest of the season -- because he needs surgery to repair a herniated disc. ESPNDallas.com also reported that Romo was treated with an epidural. Jerry Jones on Tuesday said Romo could be cleared to play after receiving treatment (see story). 

If Romo is unable to play, then veteran Kyle Orton will start. The Cowboys on Tuesday also signed 41-year-old journeyman quarterback Jon Kitna after working out several quarterbacks.

"We felt like when you look at the landscape of the guys who could help us on short notice, Kitna was the guy who kind of rose to the top of that," Garrett said.

Kitna hasn't played a down in the NFL since his last stint with the Cowboys in 2011. He was coaching high school football and teaching math in Tacoma, Wash.

"I think he was gung ho. He actually reached out to us," Garrett said. "And my comment back is, 'Are you serious?' He said, 'Absolutely.' And he was excited about it. He spoke with his family about it and it just made sense to us. So we'll see what he's able to do here and over the next couple days and see how well he functions."

According to Garrett, Kitna will take all scout-team reps in practice to prepare for Sunday's game at AT&T Stadium in Dallas.