The Dallas Cowboys cut former Boise State star quarterback Kellen Moore on Saturday.
However, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported that the Cowboys could add Moore back to the roster as soon as Sunday. Tight end Rico Gathers could be placed on injured reserve, which would open a spot for Moore. Gathers needed to make the final roster so that he’s eligible to play later this season.
Moore doesn’t go through waivers, so there’s no threat of another team claiming him. He can sign with any team he chooses. Moore also is eligible for the practice squad.
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Moore, 29, was entering his third season with the Cowboys. He spent the 2016 season on injured reserve after suffering an ankle injury in training camp and had an up-and-down 2017 preseason, completing just 54.2 percent of his passes for 392 yards, a touchdown and an interception while compiling a 73.6 quarterback rating.
The Cowboys opted to keep two quarterbacks on the active roster, choosing undrafted free agent Cooper Rush from Central Michigan to serve as the primary backup to second-year signal caller Dak Prescott, according to Brandon George of the Dallas Morning News.
The NFL owners voted to have a single roster trimming as opposed to two. Rosters went directly from 90 in the preseason to 53 for the regular; in previous years the roster was cut from 90 to 75 and then to 53.
After signing as an undrafted free agent with the Detroit Lions in 2012, Moore found an ideal landing spot in Dallas in 2015. Moore served as the Lions third-string quarterback for three seasons but was inactive for every game. He signed with the Cowboys’ practice squad on Sept. 8, 2015, and was promoted to the active roster on Sept. 23 after an early-season injury to starter Tony Romo.
Moore saw significant action against the New York Jets on Dec. 19 and started Dallas’ final two regular-season games in 2015, throwing for 779 yards, four touchdowns and six interceptions overall.
In the Cowboys’ season finale against the Washington Redskins, Moore threw for 435 yards in a 34-23 loss. It was the ninth 400-yard passing performance in Cowboys history. Moore finished the season 0-2 as Dallas’ starting quarterback while the Cowboys finished 4-12 overall.
Moore appeared to be in position to start the 2016 season as the Cowboys’ primary backup quarterback but broke his ankle in practice on Aug. 2 and spent the rest of the season on injured reserve. Romo sustained a back injury in a preseason game later that month, opening the door for Prescott, a rookie from Mississippi State drafted in the fourth round, to take the reins.
Prescott won NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year honors and led the Cowboys to a 13-3 record and a playoff appearance.
The backup job again looked like Moore’s to lose in 2017, but the six-year veteran was outplayed by Rush. Rush completed 74.5 percent of his passes for 398 yards, 6 touchdowns and no interceptions and earned praise from Cowboys owner Jerry Jones, who said via Cowboys.com that he was, “Very impressed. We won’t be waiving him. I’ll tell you that right now.”
Rush was Dallas’ No. 2 quarterback in the team’s preseason game against the Raiders on Aug. 27 with Moore serving as third string.
Moore finished his Boise State career as the winningest quarterback in college football history, compiling a 50-3 record in four years under center for the Broncos. A 2010 Heisman Trophy finalist, Moore completed 69.8 percent of his passes for 14,667 yards, 142 touchdowns and 28 interceptions for Boise State. He ranks sixth in career passing yards in NCAA history while his touchdown total ranks second behind former Houston quarterback Case Keenum (155).
Moore led Boise State to the second of its three Fiesta Bowl victories as a sophomore in 2009-10, a 17-10 win over TCU.