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QB Brandon Weeden - Dallas Cowboys

6-4, 221Born: 10-14-1983College: Oklahoma StateDrafted: Round 1, pick 22

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Week 9: vs Arizona Cardinals

Mark and Joe say: Great matchup. How will Tony Romo's back react to the strain it was put under by Washington's constant blitzing/hitting on Monday Night Football? He took a big bruise to the area of his back that has been surgically repaired twice in the recent past, but didn't do any further damage to the disks that have been worked on, according to reports out of North Texas. This is a wait-and-see situation, but realize that Brandon Weeden is exceptionally well-prepared as a backup (Weeden routinely gets one day of practice with the starters each week while Romo takes a veteran rest day to protect his back) - all is not lost if Romo is forced to sit out a game or two. Stay tuned to Footballguys.com's Players in the News as the weekend approaches for the latest on Romo's practice participation/injury status. Dez Bryant, Terrance Williams and Jason Witten should be O.K. no matter which Dallas quarterback gets to exploit the Cardinals' inept secondary. The Cardinals' pass D coughed up 411 net yards to Nick Foles and company last week (36/62 for 411 net yards, two TDs and two interceptions thrown, with zero sacks taken), one week after Derek Carr inexplicably flamed out vs. Arizona (16/28 for 164 net yards, zero TDs or interceptions, with one sack taken for -9 yards). Most teams fall in between these extremes, but Arizona is once again last in the NFL averaging 302.9 net passing yards allowed per game, with 12 TDs given up balanced by 10 interceptions generated (tied for third in the NFL). The Cardinals do not produce much in the way of pass rush, with a mere seven sacks this season (tied-29th). This looks like a great matchup for the home-team Cowboys - DeMarco Murray has a tough matchup in the other phase of the game so look for Dallas to throw a little more often than usual in this game.

Recent Stats and Projections

WEEKOPPCMPATTYDTDINTRSHYDTDFumL
7 vs NYG 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
8 vs WAS 4 6 69 1 0 1 -5 0 0
9 vs ARI PROJ-Dodds 0 0 * * * 0 * * *
9 vs ARI PROJ-Tremblay 4 6 * * * 0 * * *
9 vs ARI PROJ-Bloom 0 0 * * * 0 * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2014 Week 8 vs WAS (4 / 6 / 69 / 1 / 0 pass, 1 / -5 / 0 rush)

Tony Romo missed more than a quarter of game time against Washington, giving Weeden the rare opportunity to run the Dallas first-string offense. Weeden was accurate with two goal line throws to Dez Bryant, but both were well-defensed as Dallas settled for a field goal. Later, Weeden tied the game with an in-rhythm throw to a wide open Jason Witten on an out route. Weeden played well enough to question Tony Romo re-entering the game in the final two minutes and in overtime. Weeden performed well in relief and appeared to not be a limiting factor to Dallas' offense if needed for a start or two later this season.

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Latest News

Cowboys | Tony Romo sitting out (Wed Oct 29, 12:51 PM) - Dallas Cowboys QB Tony Romo (back) is not participating in practice Wednesday, Oct. 29. QB Brandon Weeden is working with the first-team offense during practice.

Our View: We're not shocked by this news....Romo was sitting out on Wednesday (or at least limited) already. With this latest back contusion we could see him limited even more. At this time, his playing status for Week 9 against Arizona is unknown.
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Schedule

9vs Arizona Cardinals
10@ Jacksonville Jaguars
11--- BYE WEEK ---
12@ New York Giants
13vs Philadelphia Eagles
14@ Chicago Bears
15@ Philadelphia Eagles
16vs Indianapolis Colts
17@ Washington Redskins