Disaster for the Dallas Cowboys as reports claim quarterback Tony Romo could miss the rest of the season.

According to Chris Mortensen, Romo's back injury is worse than initially feared and the Cowboys ace is set to miss the crucial Week 17 match-up against the Philadelphia Eagles and the playoffs - if the Cowboys make it.

Romo suffered the back injury against the Washington Redskins last week, although he played on as the Cowboys squeaked a win in dramatic fashion - 24-23 at FedEx Field.

He threw for 226 yards, two touchdowns and one interception - including an incredible touchdown score to running back DeMarco Murray on fourth down with the game on the line and less than 90 seconds remaining.

But the injury means he'll miss the crunch game against the Eagles - a match-up to decide the NFC East title and a playoff spot.

In his absence, former-Chicago Bears quarterback Kyle Orton will take his place and look to lead the Cowboys franchise to the playoffs against Chip Kelly's Eagles.

Here is Mortensen's tweet, which also reports Romo will need surgery on the herniated disc...

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