Tony Romo's fantasy season reportedly over, Kyle Orton to start in Week 17

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Romo suffered a herniated disk in Week 16 and will reportedly be shut down for the season. We break down the fantasy implications.

Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo is done for the season with a back injury, as first reported by ESPN's Adam Schefter. Chris Mortensen later reported that Romo is dealing with a herniated disk and will require surgery.

Romo suffered the injury in Sunday's game against the Washington Redskins. He gutted through the injury and led the Cowboys to a dramatic last-minute win, keeping their playoff hopes alive. Head coach Jason Garrett would not confirm the reports that Romo is done, only that they're taking things day-by-day. Kyle Orton is expected to start the regular season finale against the Philadelphia Eagles.

Fantasy impact: Despite Garrett's evasiveness, it's pretty clear that Romo won't play. That means the Cowboy's playoff hopes rest on the shoulders of Orton, who hasn't started a game since 2011. One of the highest-paid backup quarterbacks in the league, it's time for Orton to earn that paycheck with a divisional title on the line. The Eagles' defense is hardly a world-beater, so Orton has some QB2 appeal for Week 17 fantasy players.

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