Updated: Wednesday, 25 December 2013 04:03 | By Agence France-Presse

NFL Cowboys owner Jones still hoping Romo plays

Dallas owner Jerry Jones still hopes Tony Romo will lead the Cowboys in a do-or-die NFL clash with Philadelphia,with the quarterback reportedly receiving an epidural injection to combat back pain.


NFL Cowboys owner Jones still hoping Romo plays

Tony Romo of the Dallas Cowboys warms up on October 27, 2013 in Detroit, Michigan

The Cowboys host the Eagles in the final game of the regular season on Sunday with the winners claiming the NFC East division title and an NFL playoff berth.

In his weekly radio show on Tuesday, Jones said backup quarterback Kyle Orton -- who hasn't started a game since 2011 -- would be ready to play if necessary, but that Romo would play if doctors agree.

"Pain won't stop him.," Jones said. "Pain as a symptom of something that a doctor might say we don't advise him to play, that's different."

Jones declined to give details of Romo's injury. ESPN.com reported that the Cowboys signal-caller has a herniated disk in his lower back and received an epidural injection to relieve pain and inflammation.

Romo's back was clearly troubling him as he rallied the Cowboys to a one-point victory over Washington on Sunday that kept Dallas' playoff hopes alive.

He was already limping when he threw a 10-yard touchdown pass to DeMarco Murray with 68 seconds left to lift the Cowboys to a 24-23 victory over the Redskins.

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