Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo received an epidural injection for his herniated disk, according to Ed Werder of ESPN. It will be two to three days before the effects of the shot can be evaluated, though Werder cites a source who is "very skeptical" that Romo has any shot of playing in Week 17 against the Philadelphia Eagles.
An epidural injection is generally given as an alternative to surgery. If the injection does not provide proper relief, then Romo will need to have surgery. Earlier in the season, Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant reportedly had a herniated disk, and had an epidural injection. That seemed to work fine, as Bryant has been playing, and playing well.
Many have already reported that Romo will miss the remainder of the season and will not be able to help the Cowboys in their win-and-in scenario against the Eagles on Sunday. Cowboys owner Jerry Jones has refuted these reports at this point, saying that the team has not yet made a decision. Still, skepticism and the assumption that Romo will not play has been the primary headline.
Kyle Orton would be the starter against the Eagles if Romo is unable to go.