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

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

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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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