Just days before Brandon Weeden's first start in 2015 as the Dallas Cowboys' quarterback, the team traded for veteran quarterback Matt Cassel. Weeden remains the starter for now, but if he continues to struggle like he did in the second half of Week 3, Cassel could emerge as the starter.
In Week 3, Cassel was behind quarterback Kellen Moore on the depth chart and he was inactive. Cassel's first task is to learn the Cowboys' offensive scheme and terminology under offensive coordinator Scott Linehan. He has had no issues with that so far.
"He's working hard at it," Garrett said Monday of Cassel, per Brandon George of the Dallas Morning News. "He's a smart guy. He's an experienced guy. It comes to him quickly."
The Cowboys haven't made a decision yet on whether or not Cassel will be active in Week 4 as the backup quarterback to Weeden, but things are certainly trending in that direction. Many seem to think it could be Cassel who eventually takes over for Weeden at some point this season.
The Dallas Cowboys will place their starting quarterback on the injured reserve/designated to return list on Tuesday, according to a source, which will keep him out for the next eight weeks as he recovers from a broken left collarbone. Romo will not have surgery to repair the collarbone.
Romo will miss seven games because of the Cowboys' Oct. 18 bye week.
Brandon Weeden will be the starter in Romo's absence and the team is working out Christian Ponder, Josh Johnson, Matt Flynn and McLeod Bethel-Thompson but could also look to call up Kellen Moore from the practice squad.
The move to short-term injured reserve opens up a roster spot for the Cowboys. Last year the Cowboys placed defensive end DeMarcus Lawrence on the list at the start of the season because of a foot injury and he missed the first eight games of his rookie season. Had the Cowboys placed wide receiver Dez Bryant, who is recovering from foot surgery, on the list, then they would have had to have kept Romo on the 53-man roster. A team can use the designation on only one player.
Friday, September 11, 2015, 6:21pm
Cowboys QB Brandon Weeden (concussion, probable) took full practice reps all week and is probable for Week 1.
Thursday, September 10, 2015, 6:19pm
Cowboys QB Brandon Weeden (concussion) took full practice reps again Thursday.
Wednesday, September 9, 2015, 7:15pm
Cowboys QB Brandon Weeden (concussion) practiced fully Wednesday.
Friday, December 19, 2014, 6:02pm
Cowboys QB Brandon Weeden (not injury related) missed practice Friday.
Thursday, November 6, 2014, 6:28pm
Cowboys QB Tony Romo (back) returned to limited practice reps Thursday after missing Wednesday practice. Romo’s limited practice is encouraging. The feeling is that he will play, so we added him to our rankings. If he can’t go, it’s a downgrade for Dez Bryant and Terrance Williams given Brandon Weeden’s woeful performance in Week 9.
Wednesday, November 5, 2014, 6:08pm
Cowboys QB Tony Romo (back) did not practice Wednesday. Romo is iffy for Week 10, though the team claims optimism about his ability to play against the Jagaurs. If he can’t go, it’s a downgrade for Dez Bryant and Terrance Williams given Brandon Weeden’s woeful performance in Week 9. We currently expect Weeden to play.
"I do see him playing," Jones told the NFL Network. "He's going on the trip to London, and logic tells you that we wouldn't have him make that trip to London and back if we didn't think he was going to play, so it does depend on the type of week he has at practice. But if he has the week we expect, he should be our quarterback."
Jones' comments confirm what CBS Sports NFL Insider Jason La Canfora reported on Sunday morning. La Canfora said that barring any setback, Romo would be the team's starter in London.
Romo was originally injured after he took a knee to the back in an overtime loss to the Redskins on Oct. 27.
It's not a surprise after the offense struggled under QB Brandon Weeden against the Cardinals. The Jags were ranked 13th in allowing fantasy points to QBs coming into Week 9, so it's not as great of a matchup as you might think. And, Romo's health will still be in question. But, Romo does have some nice matchups coming up, especially the final five weeks of the season.
Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo suffered two fractured transverse process in his back in the loss to the Washington Redskins but there remains a chance he could play Sunday against the Arizona Cardinals, according to multiple sources.
The Cowboys and Romo have stressed this is not related to the disk surgery he had last December and is not a threat to end his season. Baylor quarterback Bryce Petty suffered a similar injury this season and missed just one game.
The transverse process is a small bone that sticks out from either side of the vertebrae. Romo has been receiving treatment multiple hours of treatment all week at the Cowboys' facility and at home.
ESPN's Ed Werder reported Romo would either start or be inactive against the Cardinals. He did not practice all week and is officially listed as questionable. Owners counting on Romo need a backup plan. The good news is the Cards-Cowboys game is an early afternoon contest, so we'll know Romo's status by around 11:30 Sunday a.m. Brandon Weeden would start if Romo is inactive and at least offers emergency potential for owners in a bind.
After the light walkthrough, Dallas will gauge how the quarterback feels.
At that point the Cowboys hope to have a better feel for Romo's status, but there's still a good chance we won't know until game time. Brandon Weeden would get the start, and if in a pinch, should have a chance to put up decent fantasy numbers if you find yourself counting on Romo this week.
Friday, October 31, 2014, 5:43pm
Cowboys QB Tony Romo (back, questionable) missed practice all week and is questionable for Week 9. Owner Jerry Jones said that the injury is a “function of pain tolerance,” and that it would come down to a game-time decision. Jason Garrett says he’s optimistic about Romo’s availability, though OC Scott Linehan said that “it’s rare” for a quarterback to play without having practiced all week. The Cowboys play early on Sunday, though we would shy away from using Romo since one hard hit could knock him out of the game. Brandon Weeden should post decent numbers if he gets the start.
Two days after suffering a painful contusion to his lower back in the 20-17 overtime loss to the Washington Redskins, Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo remains in limbo for Sunday’s game against the Cardinals.
The good news, according to owner Jerry Jones, is that Romo didn’t suffer a season-ending injury, per results of a CT scan on Tuesday.
But Jones acknowledges Romo’s status remains in doubt because of questions concerning his pain tolerance and ability to function with the injury.
Jones said it will likely come down to a game-time decision.
Romo's back is a concern and it's underlined by Gosselin's comments about how he's been moving in practice. If Romo goes down, Brandon Weeden would be a decent stopgap option in Scott Linehan's offense.
Monday, August 18, 2014, 3:45pm
Cowboys WR Dez Bryant has certainly looked like one of the NFL’s best receivers throughout training camp and during his two series of work Saturday night against Baltimore. He caught three passes for 59 yards and a touchdown during the first quarter.
Coming off his first Pro Bowl season, Bryant looks even better entering his fifth year in the league.
So what does Bryant need to work on?
“Oh, everything,” Cowboys coach Jason Garrett responded.
Garrett then mentioned a play on the game’s opening series where Bryant ran a bad route. Bryant went deep along the visiting sideline and failed to make the catch. The play was called back because of holding on left tackle Tryon Smith.
Bryant has done nothing but gain positive reviews since camp started and is proving his worth as a late first round draft pick in typical leagues this year. The only worry with Bryant is if QB Tony Romo can stay healthy. QB2 Brandon Weeden has proved to be inconsistent so far and would be a huge dropoff.
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