Tony Romo to undergo MRI on back

Updated: December 22, 2013, 6:02 PM ET
By Todd Archer | ESPN.com

LANDOVER, Md. -- Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo said he will undergo an MRI on his back on Monday, but he does not believe it will jeopardize his availability for next week's showdown against the Philadelphia Eagles.

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Brad Mills/USA TODAY SportsTony Romo overcame a back injury Sunday to rally the Cowboys past the Redskins.

Romo said his back, which was sore coming into Sunday's victory over the Washington Redskins, troubled him after a hit in the first half.

"That triggered it a little bit," Romo said. "Whatever the kid did on that one play, it really sent something that didn't feel comfortable.

"But it's in a completely different spot than the back stuff I had last year, so that's a good sign."

Romo had surgery in April to remove a cyst from his back and did not take a snap until the team reached training camp in Oxnard, Calif., in July.

Romo was noticeably limping as he carried out play fakes on running plays. In the fourth quarter, he appeared to be in trouble even more after spinning free from the pocket on a third-down throw to Miles Austin. Romo appeared to kick the back of his leg as he escaped trouble, but he did not miss a snap.

Romo completed 17 of 27 passes for 226 yards, including the game-winning touchdown to DeMarco Murray on fourth-and-goal from the Washington 10 with 1:08 to play.

"He's kind of getting some special treatment for it," Cowboys owner and general manager Jerry Jones said. "It kind of was going down his leg there a little bit. But you saw it -- it didn't keep him from playing and won't keep [him] from playing."

Romo has dealt with numerous injuries over the years, including a broken rib in 2011. He hurt his ribs again in last year's season-ending loss to the Redskins.

"Played through it, just like anything in football," said Romo, who was able to walk to the team bus without any noticeable issue.

Romo's teammates had no doubt he would remain in the game.

"Tony got right back in there to the next play and didn't go back to the trainers or nothing," Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant said. "He knew how important that drive was, and we went down there and executed and scored."

Romo and the Cowboys (8-7) can win the NFC East with a victory next week over the Eagles (8-6), who lost the previous meeting this season between the division rivals.

Todd Archer

ESPN Dallas Cowboys reporter

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