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December 27, 2013

Cowboys receivers throw their support behind Kyle Orton

The Cowboys receivers are ready to go no matter who the quarterback is, throwing their support behind Kyle Orton on Friday.

"We've got Kyle [Orton]," Dwayne Harris said. "Kyle is a good quarterback. He is going to do a good job."

The Cowboys did not tell the players that Tony Romo had undergone surgery Friday morning. They learned it from reporters after practice had ended.

But they had already moved on, not expecting Romo to be in the lineup anyway.

"It's always disappointing not to have your No. 1 guy out there," Cole Beasley said. "He's definitely our leader and the guy we've had all season. We rally around him. It's always tough not having a guy that's been in the huddle, calling the shots for us in the huddle all season. But you've got to find a way either way."

Orton took all the off-season reps with Romo rehabbing from back surgery in April, and he has been in the system for two years. The Cowboys are confident Orton can get it done when it matters most.

"It's the same offense, just plugging that guy in for another one," Beasley said.

The Cowboys haven't given up just because Romo won't play in the elimination game.

"We prepared great this week, especially today," Dez Bryant said. "We’re going to go out and we’re going to lay it all out on the line and get this W for Tony.”

-- Charean Williams


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