Despite the reports that Tony Romo is expected to miss the rest of the season there's still hope for Dallas Cowboy fans. Romo received an epidural injection to relieve pain and reduce inflammation related to the herniated disk in his lower back after Dallas' win against the Washington Redskins.

The timetable to figure out whether the injection is a success is typically two or three days. The Cowboys hope that the injection will allow Romo to recover in time to play in Sunday night's "all the marbles are on the line" matchup against the Philadelphia Eagles. It's up in the air, as it still remains a long shot that Romo will actually play.

Doctors often treat patients with epidurals to block pain and promote healing. Often, multiple injections are required over time before the patient's symptoms dramatically improve. It is also possible the damage is such that the injections will not provide relief.

If Romo does not play Sunday, Kyle Orton will get the start. The team also agreed to a deal with 41-year-old veteran Jon Kitna.

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[via ESPN]