Romo misses another practice, Cowboys won’t rule QB put

The Dallas Cowboys (8-7) are in a must-win game against the Philadelphia Eagles in Week 17.

For the Cowboys and Eagles the path to the playoffs is dependent on a win in this NFC East deciding game.

Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo is doubtful for Sunday’s game as he is still receiving treatment for his back. Romo missed practice again on Thursday.

While reports say Romo will need surgery for a herniated disc the Cowboys refuse to rule their franchise quarterback out. Kyle Orton has been taking the starters reps in practice while the Cowboys added Jon Kitna earlier this week.

“Certainly you want your quarterback to practice during the week,” Cowboys coach Jason Garrett said prior to Thursday’s practice. “Tony’s played a lot of football for us, so you would give him more leeway than most.

“More than anything, it’s a health issue, and we’ll just see how he’s feeling.”

Romo received an epidural on Monday but has not practiced. While it’s doubtful he will play, Romo does not need to practice prior to Sunday’s game in order to start.