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NFL notes: Romo's status a question mark for Cowboys
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Tony Romo limped so badly on one play against Washington, he barely made it to the spot where he had to hand off.

The obvious limp was gone by the time the Dallas quarterback moved forward in the pocket and threw a fourth-down touchdown pass to DeMarco Murray that gave Dallas a season-saving 24-23 win over the Redskins.

The severity of his back injury is likely to remain a question all week as the Cowboys prepare for their third straight season finale for the NFC East title and a playoff berth, this time against Philadelphia on Sunday night.

Responding to reports that Romo wouldn't play against the Eagles, coach Jason Garrett said Monday the team had "not made that determination at all at this point."

Garrett wouldn't reveal the results of an MRI for the 33-year-old Romo, who had back surgery to remove a cyst in April and missed offseason workouts.

Garrett said the Cowboys were working to add a third quarterback behind backup Kyle Orton, who hasn't started a game since 2011, the year he was replaced by Tim Tebow in Denver.

Orton started the last three games for Kansas City that season after the Chiefs picked him up on waivers. He's been with Dallas the past two years.

Around the league

Broncos • Linebacker Von Miller is done for the year after tests Monday revealed a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee, which he injured in the first quarter of Denver's 37-13 win at Houston over the weekend. Miller's injury ended a rough third season for the Broncos star, which began with a six-game drug suspension and included just five sacks and 33 tackles in 10 games..

Lions • Coach Jim Schwartz says he should have kept his thoughts to himself instead of shouting at booing fans. Schwartz reluctantly acknowledged Monday he did say something to the crowd during the final seconds of the fourth quarter of Sunday's 23-20 overtime loss to the New York Giants. The previous day at his postgame news conference, Schwartz insisted he wasn't responding to the fans who voiced their displeasure with the decision to play for overtime. The Lions eliminated themselves from the NFC North title race by losing five of their last six games.

"I probably should have done just what I did at the end of the second quarter and just kept it in my mind," Schwartz said Monday.

Packers • Coach Mike McCarthy isn't sure if quarterback Aaron Rodgers will start the team's winner-take-all NFC North matchup with the Chicago Bears on Sunday at Soldier Field. Rodgers, who fractured his left collarbone against the Bears at Lambeau Field on Nov. 4, has missed the past seven games.

Raiders • Terrelle Pryor will start at quarterback for Oakland on Sunday, replacing Matt McGloin for the final regular-season game against Denver. Pryor suffered a knee sprain in early November.

Saints • Coach Sean Payton says safety Kenny Vaccaro has a broken left ankle and is scheduled for surgery on Tuesday. The injury means the Saints will be without one of their top defensive backs for Sunday's regular season finale in the Superdome against Tampa Bay. —

Sunday's games

Houston at Tennessee, 11 a.m.

Detroit at Minnesota, 11 a.m.

Carolina at Atlanta, 11 a.m.

Cleveland at Pittsburgh, 11 a.m.

Washington at N.Y. Giants, 11 a.m.

Baltimore at Cincinnati, 11 a.m.

Jacksonville at Indianapolis, 11 a.m.

N.Y. Jets at Miami, 11 a.m.

Denver at Oakland, 2:25 p.m.

Kansas City at San Diego, 2:25 p.m.

St. Louis at Seattle, 2:25 p.m.

San Francisco at Arizona, 2:25 p.m.

Green Bay at Chicago, 2:25 p.m.

Tampa Bay at New Orleans, 2:25 p.m.

Buffalo at New England, 2:25 p.m.

Philadelphia at Dallas, 6:30 p.m.

NFL notes • Coach says QB not ruled out for finale, but Dallas looks to add backup.
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