Former Boise State quarterback Kellen Moore, it appears, is inching closer to his NFL opportunity.
His roster status in Dallas remains unannounced heading into Sunday’s game against the Falcons.
And his window of opportunity might be short, but ...
“If I’m wearing pads and a helmet on game day,’’ Moore said in The Dallas Morning News on Tuesday, “then I’ll be ready to go if needed.’’
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The Cowboys, who are without starter Tony Romo for at least the next seven games (collarbone), acquired veteran Matt Cassel in a trade with the Bills on Tuesday. The Cowboys made the move after working out Christian Ponder, Matt Flynn and Josh Johnson on Tuesday morning, then passing on those three.
Brandon Weeden will start Sunday and Moore, who is listed on the practice squad, is expected to fill the backup job for this weekend while Cassel learns the offense, according to several media reports. Moore, in his fourth year in the NFL after three-plus years with the Lions, has never been activated for a game.
The Cowboys signed Moore to their practice squad Sept. 6. Practice squad players don’t typically travel to road games, but the Cowboys had Moore go with them to Philadelphia on Sunday. He was on the sideline charting plays and listening over the headset as play-calls were sent in to Romo and Weeden.
To acquire Cassel, the Cowboys sent the Bills their fifth-round pick in 2017 and acquired the Bills’ seventh-round pick.
Cassel, 33, has 71 starts in 90 games over 11 seasons, not counting the opener this year when he took the first snap for the Bills with Tyrod Taylor lined up at receiver.