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Cowboys backup QB Kellen Moore gets first-team practice reps

Kellen Moore took at least a few first-team practice reps this week as the Cowboys perhaps prepare the backup quarterback to play.
Kellen Moore took at least a few first-team practice reps this week as the Cowboys perhaps prepare the backup quarterback to play. Star-Telegram

Kellen Moore’s first NFL snap could come sooner rather than later. The backup quarterback took “a couple” first-team practice reps this week, Cowboys coach Jason Garrett said.

“But he’s gotten most of his work in the scout team, and he does a really good job with that,” Garrett added Thursday.

Matt Cassel remains the team’s starting quarterback, but the Cowboys could take a look at Moore once they are mathematically eliminated from playoff contention.

Moore has never played in a regular-season game despite this being his fourth season in the league.

“Everyone loves to play,” Moore said. “At the end of the day, everyone has roles. You do your best with that particular role and that’s how it works.”

Moore spent two seasons in Scott Linehan’s offense in Detroit. He signed with the Cowboys’ practice squad after the Lions released him in their final September cuts.

Moore has spent eight games on the Cowboys’ 53-player roster this season.

“There’s no bigger believer in Kellen Moore than myself,” Linehan said. “There’s probably a few guys back in Boise and some guys back in Detroit, but I believe in him. But in the same breath, I think our rallying cry is that it’s not just the quarterback position even though the quarterback position has to play better. We made the decision this week that we’ve all got to do better for the quarterback position. If we do that we’ll be able to get this thing turned around and move forward. But we’ve got all the confidence in those guys, whoever we have in the game, to do the job.”

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