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Jason Garrett says Tony Romo’s status is unknown

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ARLINGTON, TX - DECEMBER 02: Tony Romo #9 of the Dallas Cowboys celebrates a touchdown with Jason Garrett during play against the Philadelphia Eagles at Cowboys Stadium on December 2, 2012 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

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Despite the report that Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo is out for the year with a back injury, Cowboys coach Jason Garrett says Romo’s status is unknown.

Garrett said at his press conference today that Romo is getting treatment on his back and his status for Sunday’s game against the Eagles has not yet been determined.

Of course, Garrett and the Cowboys are better off making the Eagles prepare for the possibility of facing either Romo or backup Kyle Orton on Sunday. So it wouldn’t be surprising for the Cowboys to delay declaring Romo out, even if there’s no chance that Romo can play.

According to a report from Chris Mortensen of ESPN, Romo was diagnosed with a herniated disc and will need surgery. ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported that Romo will miss Sunday’s regular-season finale against the Eagles and any postseason games the Cowboys play in.

Garrett confirmed that the Cowboys plan to sign another quarterback, a strong indication that they expect to need a backup to play behind Orton, while Romo sits on the sideline for Sunday’s must-win game.