With Tony Romo gearing up to return from a fractured clavicle injury he suffered in Week 2 against the Philadelphia Eagles, the Dallas Cowboys needed to make moves to their active roster. In recent years, the Cowboys have shown a tendency to go with two quarterbacks rather than going with three.
However, even with Romo risking re-injury by returning, the Cowboys decided to stick with two quarterbacks. Out of Matt Cassel and Brandon Weeden, the odd man out actually turned out to be the man that was originally given the backup position in the first place.
On Tuesday morning, the Cowboys announced the release of Weeden, a journeyman who had played on the team for about a year and a half. When Romo originally went down with the injury, Weeden was the man who took over. However, after ineptitude in his first two starts, the Cowboys soon switched the starting role over to Matt Cassel, who actually played better than Weeden even though he committed more turnovers.
Just two weeks ago, the Cowboys released Kellen Moore. That said, if Romo, god forbid, reinjures himself on Sunday, the Cowboys’ lone quarterback on the roster will be Cassel. Also, I wouldn’t be surprised if the Cowboys added a quarterback to their practice squad within the coming days.
With the Cowboys needing roster space, cutting Weeden was beneficial to the team because he was not only unhappy with the team, but he also came at a large price tag. Nevertheless, going with just two quarterbacks the rest of the way is risky, but if Romo can stay healthy, that depth can come at somewhere else of need.