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Coaching can wait: Kellen Moore listed as Cowboys’ backup QB for Sunday

Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott (4) looks on as backup quarterback Kellen Moore (17) looks to pass during practice in Frisco, Texas, on Thursday.
Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott (4) looks on as backup quarterback Kellen Moore (17) looks to pass during practice in Frisco, Texas, on Thursday. AP

Rumors of the demise of Kellen Moore’s NFL career were greatly exaggerated.

As much a favorite punching bag for Dallas Cowboys fans as he is beloved by Boise State fans, Moore is perhaps one snap away from playing in a regular-season game.

The sixth-year quarterback, who went 50-3 at Boise State from 2008 to 2011, is listed as the backup to Dak Prescott on the Cowboys’ official depth chart in his third season with the team.

Moore was released by Dallas on Saturday, available to any of the 31 other NFL teams, but the Cowboys’ gamble worked. They did not want to lose undrafted rookie Cooper Rush should they put the former Central Michigan passer on waivers, so they let Moore become a free agent for a few days.

After placing tight end Rico Gathers on injured reserve, it freed up a spot on the roster and Moore was re-signed on Tuesday. In practice, Moore and Rush have shared second-team snaps, but Moore is the likely backup, as he has actually played in a game (three in the 2015 season).

“We also feel really good about Kellen Moore,” coach Jason Garrett said this week. “He’s someone who understands our system, he’s played well at different times for us in regular-season games and in preseason games, so we like what he brings to the table. We’ll determine what that quarterback situation is as the week goes on.”

The Cowboys host the Giants at 6:30 p.m. MT Sunday on NBC in their season opener. Dallas announced its season captains this week, and the list includes two former Boise State players in defensive lineman Tyrone Crawford and cornerback Orlando Scandrick.

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