Backup quarterback Kellen Moore fractures lower right leg
Dallas Cowboys quarterback Kellen Moore will undergo surgery back in Dallas to day to repair his fractured right fibula and will be out three to four months, per sources.
It’s a devastating setback Moore, who was vying for a legitimate role in NFL for the first time in his career. The Cowboys were grooming him in training camp and the preseason as their presumed backup quarterback to starter Tony Romo.
But that was before Tuesday’s bad break.
Moore was injured following a pass to tight end Gavin Escobar during team drills when a guard Jared Smith rolled up on his leg after being pushed back by defensive lineman Lawrence Okoye.
Moore was helped off the field by two athletic trainers and carried into a medical tent where a soft air cast was placed on the leg before he was carted off the field.
With Moore sidelined, the Cowboys will have to look elsewhere for a possible backup to Romo.
They have two inexperienced in-house options in rookie fourth-round pick Dak Prescott and second-year player Jameill Showers.
Neither has thrown a pass in the NFL and history has shown that it’s imperative that the Cowboys have a backup who can win games in place of a possible injured Romo.
The Cowboys were 1-11 without Romo last year and are 1-14 without him since 2014.
The top veteran options in free agency are Nick Foles, Michael Vick, Jimmy Clausen, T.J. Yates and Matt Flynn. Executive vice president Stephen Jones confirmed that the team has reached out to Foles, among others.
Jones also said they were looking at trade options with the goal of getting someone in camp as soon as possible.