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Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo will miss the rest of the season because of a back injury, a league source told ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter on Monday.

Romo has a herniated disk in the lumbar region and needs to have surgery, a source told ESPN Senior NFL Insider Chris Mortensen.

Dr. Michael Kaplan, who has not evaluated Romo, said an operation for an injury of this nature is 95 percent predictable with a three to four month recovery.

At his weekly news conference, coach Jason Garrett wouldn’t rule Romo out, instead saying he would receive treatment each day this week and the team would evaluate the quarterback’s injury each day.

“We have not made that determination at all at this point,” Garrett said when asked about ESPN’s report. “Like with any player, the day after a game you just want to see what the injury is and we’ve done that with Tony and we want to get him involved in treatment as quickly as we can and we started that process.”

The Cowboys (8-7) host the Philadelphia Eagles (9-6) on Sunday night, with the winner capturing the NFC East title. Kyle Orton likely will get the start at quarterback for Dallas.

Orton has 69 career starts and is 35-34. He hasn’t started since the 2011 regular-season finale with Kansas City.

Garrett said the Cowboys likely will sign another quarterback this week, as Orton is the only backup on the roster.

“Feel great about Kyle Orton,” Garrett said. “We’ll evaluate Tony on a day by day this week. In the meantime Kyle will be the guy that’s taking the snaps until Tony is ready to go. Again that’s what we do at every position is get ready to go and get ready for the next opportunity that we have and obviously it’s Philadelphia Sunday night.”

Garrett said the Cowboys will add a quarterback to the 53-man roster. The Cowboys have not carried a third quarterback on the 53-man roster this season and lost Alex Tanney from the practice squad when the Cleveland Browns signed him on Nov. 26.

Romo said Sunday he would undergo an MRI on his back Monday but didn’t believe the injury would jeopardize his availability for the Philadelphia game.

Romo said his back, which was sore going into Sunday’s comeback victory over the Washington Redskins, began to bother him after a hit in the first half.

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