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Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones says backup Kellen Moore could play against the Jets

Dallas Cowboys quarterback Kellen Moore could play against the Jets on Saturday, depending on how the game goes, per owner Jerry Jones.
Dallas Cowboys quarterback Kellen Moore could play against the Jets on Saturday, depending on how the game goes, per owner Jerry Jones. Star-Telegram

Quarterback Matt Cassel will start against the New York Jets Saturday, as expected and as the Cowboys have said all week.

But he might not finish the game.

Kellen Moore has taken first team reps in practice this week for the first time and could see time Saturday against the Jets, depending on how the game goes, per owner Jerry Jones.

“The game will dictate how he is used,” Jones said on his radio show on 105.3 FM.

The Cowboys have already used three quarterbacks this season, starter Tony Romo before he was injured, then Brandon Weeden and then Cassel.

The Cowboys have not used four quarterbacks in a season since 2001 when they used the diminishing rotation of Quincy Carter, Ryan Leaf, Anthony Wright and Clint Stoener.

Cassel has led the Cowboys to just one win in six starts. He completed a season-low 44 percent of his passes in last week’s loss to the Green Bay Packers.

It all has created a clamor to see Moore and evaluate him for the future. Moore was recalled from the practice squad after Romo fractured his collarbone for the second time in the 33-14 loss to the Carolina Panthers on Thanksgiving Day.

Moore, a former star at Boise State, has never taken a snap in four years in the NFL. But he has a fan in offensive coordinator Scott Linehan, who had him for two seasons in Detroit.

“He really knows this offense,” Jones said of Moore’s strengths. “His pluses are how well he knows the offense. And how well he gets the balls out. Those are his biggest skills.” 

 

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