Irving, Texas — The Cowboys acquired quarterback Matt Cassel from the Bills with Tony Romo sidelined at least seven games because of a broken left collarbone. The Cowboys also received a seventh-round pick in 2017 for their fifth-rounder in 2016, according to media reports.
Brandon Weeden is expected to start Sunday at home against Arizona, but Cassel is a veteran with far more experience than the fourth-year pro. Before the trade, owner Jerry Jones said Weeden was his starter.
Cassell 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 quarterback Tyrod Taylor lined up at receiver.
The move means former Lions quarterback Kellen Moore likely will remain on the Cowboys practice squad.
The Cowboys placed Romo on the injured list with a designation to return.
Saints quarterback Drew Brees was examined by Dr. James Andrews and has a bruised rotator cuff, ESPN.com reported. An MRI revealed no tear, according to the report, and it’s possible Brees can play Sunday against the Panthers.
... Eagles linebacker Kiko Alonso and defensive tackle Cedric Thornton won’t play Sunday on the road against the Jets.
Alonso suffered a partial ACL tear of his surgically repaired left knee, according to reports, and Thornton broke a bone in his right hand in a 20-10 loss to the Cowboys.
... The Giants released wide receiver Preston Parker and signed defensive tackle Kenrick Ellis.
... The Jaguars placed rookie receiver Rashad Greene on short-term injured reserve and re-signed receiver Bryan Walters. Greene had surgery to repair a ligament in his right thumb.
Two men charged in connection with sexual assaults involving former NFL star Darren Sharper in Louisiana asked a federal judge for separate trials.
Erik Nunez and Brandon Licciardi are the remaining defendants in state and federal cases in which Sharper has pleaded guilty.