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Cowboys backup QB Brandon Weeden expects to play Thursday

Dallas Cowboys quarterback Brandon Weeden (3) returned to the field Monday for the first time since getting a concussion in the preseason game against the 49ers.
Dallas Cowboys quarterback Brandon Weeden (3) returned to the field Monday for the first time since getting a concussion in the preseason game against the 49ers. AP

Barring unforeseen circumstances, Cowboys backup quarterback Brandon Weeden is going to play in Thursday’s preseason finale against Houston.

Weeden, who had a concussion in the second preseason game against San Francisco on Aug. 23, went through a full practice session Monday at AT&T Stadium, and declared himself good to go for the game.

“That’s the plan unless something changes between now and then,” Weeden said. “Still a few things we’ve got to do, but I feel better than expected.”

Weeden, 31, said the time away from practice hasn’t put him too far behind. His arm is fresh, and he has a solid understanding of the offense after a year in it.

Weeden went on to say that having more limited reps this training camp with starter Tony Romo healthy hasn’t been an issue. In fact, Weeden believes it’s been a good thing for him.

“Just from a comfort standpoint, I’m in there with a lot of younger guys, so I’m telling them, ‘Hey, you’ve got a five here. You’ve got this. I’m telling every guy what to do,’” Weeden said. “So it helps me, it helped me last year kind of getting a really good grasp of this offense. Now I can kind of explain and I’m not having to think quite as much. Not getting as many reps is tough, but I think at the same time, fortunately I got those reps last year and a lot of guys don’t get as many as I did.”

For the final preseason game, Weeden is expected to start with Romo getting the night off.

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