Brandon Weeden, who has been the starter during Dallas' three-game losing streak, was informed by Cowboys coaches that Cassel will start in Week 7 against the New York Giants, according to the source.
The timing makes sense as Cassel will have the extra week to prepare. And if you believe what the team is saying, it's possible WR Dez Bryant returns to help give the offense a boost as well in Week 7. If that's the case, Cassel could have some QB2 value right out of the gate. The team is just looking to stay afloat in what is a weak division that's still up for grabs.
Other terms of the trade Tuesday weren't immediately available. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the deal hadn't been announced.
Brandon Weeden is expected to start Sunday at home against Arizona, but Cassel is a veteran with far more experience than the fourth-year pro. Before the trade, owner Jerry Jones said on his radio show that Weeden was his starter. The Cowboys appear to be all-in despite being banged up on the offensive side of the ball. The NFC East is looking weak and Dallas' two wins at this point in the season look pretty big.
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.
The Cowboys have just two runs of 10 yards or more this season. No team has fewer.
“We have to do a better job running the football. We were behind the chains way too much in this ballgame and kind of digging out,” Cowboys coach Jason Garrett said. "You have procedure penalties and holding penalties and you see a lot second-and-12, second-and-16 and first-and-20, and those are hard drives to overcome.
"We’re at our best when we’re balanced. We’re at our best when we control the line of scrimmage and run the football because it gives us great looks down the field to throw it and make the big plays down the field that we've made in this offense over a number of years."
The Cowboys will need to get more from their running game over the next 8-10 weeks while Romo recovers from a broken left collarbone. The best way to make backup quarterback Brandon Weeden comfortable is to create manageable third-down situations for him, and the way to do that is to have success running the ball on first and second down. It's potentially good news for Randle owners but at the same time expect defense to perhaps focus on the Cowboys run game even more and make Weeden beat them.
The loss of Romo in Sunday's 20-10 victory at Philadelphia means the defending NFC East champion Cowboys (2-0) will be without their starting quarterback and All-Pro receiver Dez Bryant possibly through October.
Coach Jason Garrett said Monday that tests revealed no ligament damage for Romo after the second broken collarbone of his career. The other was in 2010, and he missed the final 10 games of the season. However, Dallas was out of playoff contention before he could have returned.
The most optimistic time frame for Romo's return is during a two-game Florida swing on Nov. 15 (Tampa Bay) and Nov. 22 (Miami). Otherwise, his absence could approach three months if he skips a short week for the Thanksgiving home game against Carolina and returns Dec. 7 at Washington, the story said. Until then it's Brandon Weeden at QB, who may have been a more attractive alternative with the offense at full strength. But Bryant is out, and TE Jason Witten is banged up as well, so the 'Boys may have to rely on their unproven run game behind their very good offensive line.
The Cowboys lost quarterback Tony Romo to a broken collarbone on Sunday and they lost wide receiver Dez Bryant to a broken bone in his foot during Week 1, which sets tight end Jason Witten up as either the leader of the offense or the next guy to go down in a heap.
For now, it’s looking like the former because Witten was able to get through Sunday’s game despite what the the Cowboys said are two sprained ankles and a sprained knee.
“It’s just some bumps and bruises,” Witten said, via Bart Hubbuch of the New York Post. “Typical football stuff. I’ll be fine.”
Witten says he's OK but it's something else to monitor this week for owners. While he's now the team's biggest target, it sounds like those injuries could at least limit him.
Friday, September 18, 2015, 6:37pm
Thursday, September 17, 2015, 6:09pm
Wednesday, September 16, 2015, 6:08pm
Cowboys QB Tony Romo (back) did not practice Wednesday. This is typical for Romo.
In Sunday’s 27-26 win against the New York Giants, Tony Romo threw 45 passes, his most in a game since 2013. Last year the most he threw in a game was 41 times in an overtime win against the Houston Texans.
But game situations dictated what looks like a larger-than-expected reliance on the passing game.
The Cowboys closed the first half in a two-minute situation and closed the game with 12 passes on their final two drives to overcome a 10-point deficit with 8:01 to play.
“I thought when we ran the ball it was efficient,” offensive coordinator Scott Linehan said. “We’d like to pop a few long runs, but I didn’t think that our running game was a concern at all. There were some things that were there. It was just a weird game.”
The Cowboys running was one of the bigger fantasy questions coming into the season and, as expected, Randle looks like he's going to lead the way in terms of carries. Randle carried 16 times for 65 yards. Darren McFadden had six carries for 16 yards. The Cowboys’ 80 yards on 23 carries on Sunday would have been a season low in 2014. Their lowest total last season was 92 yards on 25 carries in a loss to the Arizona Cardinals.
Friday, September 11, 2015, 6:21pm
Cowboys QB Tony Romo (back, probable) took full practice reps again Friday and is probable for Week 1. Romo is good to go for a tasty matchup with the Giants.
Thursday, September 10, 2015, 6:19pm
Cowboys QB Tony Romo (back) returned to full practice reps Thursday after missing Wednesday. This was a typical routine for Romo in 2014. He’ll be out there on Sunday night.
Wednesday, September 9, 2015, 7:15pm
Cowboys QB Tony Romo (back) did not practice Wednesday. This is not abnormal for Romo, who nursed his back throughout the 2014 season. He has a nice matchup with the Giants.
After letting league-leading rusher DeMarco Murray go in free agency, and not making a move for any replacement, or trading for a guy like Adrian Peterson, the Cowboys seem determined to go with their running back by committee.
In Saturday’s game against the Vikings, Joseph Randle started and had six carries for 15 yards. Darren McFadden took the second quarter and added four carries for 37 yards. While it may not be Murray, getting 10 for 52 out of the pair of them is a solid start.
“I thought they both did a good job,” quarterback Tony Romo said, via Todd Archer of ESPNDallas.com. “I thought the looks were a little tougher for Joe early on with the way they played it, then we got to some runs we could attack them with and it opened up some holes. Darren obviously did good on those and made some explosive runs.
“But sometimes the dirty ones are some of the best ones too.”
So as much as it made sense that they might pursue more of a bell-cow back, Jones seemed content going with the duo into the regular season.
“I see how we can line up certainly this coming week but I see how we can line up against the Giants, yes, I do,” Jones said. “You say, ‘Well, couldn’t you see it before?’ Now, I saw the same things before. I expect [Randle] to give us and has the talent to make some of the plays we saw him make tonight. I certainly know [McFadden] can make them and [Lance] Dunbar can do the same. If they’re healthy, I’ll take their skill and what they can bring and go to the game against the Giants and won’t ask for any more.”
Going with that approach is going to put more pressure on Romo and their offensive line this year, but they seem comfortable with that for the time being, the story pointed out. Maybe more importantly, it's going to be a headache for fantasy owners. Add Lance Dunbar in the mix, especially in the passing game, and there's potential for a three-headed backfield. Randle is still our pick to have the most fantasy value out of the three.
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