Tony Romo wanted to play Sunday and did everything he possibly could to get back. But Dr. Drew Dossett delivered the bad news to Romo that he needed surgery, which Dossett performed on Romo on Friday morning.
Romo was "extremely disappointed," according to team owner Jerry Jones.
"...We know where his heart is, what his intentions are," Jones said on his weekly radio show on KRLD-FM. "It was a real superhuman effort for him to have finished the game the other day and made the plays that he made to get us here. Everybody understands that, I think, and having said that, it was quite a disappointment. He was really holding out and thought that if there was the slightest chance that he would be able to function that he wanted to play."
Romo stayed in last Sunday's game, playing all 52 snaps despite a herniated disc that the Cowboys say occurred during the game. He led them on the game-winning drive in the final two minutes, his 20th fourth-quarter comeback, with a 10-yard touchdown pass to DeMarco Murray on fourth down.
The Cowboys' 24-23 victory over the Redskins kept the Cowboys' playoff hopes alive, giving them an elimination game against the Eagles on Sunday.
"He, like everyone, puts so much into this," coach Jason Garrett said. "These are the kinds of games that everybody lives to play in. Tony did an unbelievable job helping us to get to this point. He might have had his finest hour against the Redskins last week. What he did at the end of that ball game, under the circumstances, pretty special. We talk about mental toughness being your best regardless of circumstances. There were a lot of circumstances going against him and he certainly rose to the occasion and somehow, someway helped us win that ball game. Made a lot of big plays down the stretch, certainly the touchdown to DeMarco was something else. It was a real tribute to him, his mental toughness, his physical toughness and certainly when you put all of that into it, it's hard to watch this kind of game. But this was the right decision for him, the right decision for our organization and he's started his road to recovery. He will be back sooner rather than later."
-- Charean Williams