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Monday's roundup: Cowboys might have backup spot for Hoyer

News wire services
Brian Hoyer (7) was released by the Texans

The Cowboys have two backup quarterbacks on their roster, and Kellen Moore, a former Lions player, and Jameill Showers have a combined three games experience.

That means the Cowboys could have interest in the recently released Brian Hoyer “at the right price,” the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported Monday.

Hoyer (Michigan State) likely gets more money elsewhere, which also could provide him with an opportunity to compete for the starting job. The Jets are unsettled at the position with Ryan Fitzpatrick still in a contract stalemate.

The Texans paid Hoyer a $1 million salary and a $4.2 million bonus as their starter last season. They released him Sunday.

The Cowboys last paid big money to a backup quarterback when they signed Kyle Orton to a three-year, $10.5 million contract in 2012 that included $5 million to sign.

Starter Tony Romo missed 12 games last season, and three backups went 1-11.


Extra points

A federal appeals court upheld an estimated $1 billion plan by the NFL to settle thousands of concussion lawsuits filed by former players.

The decision comes nearly a year after a district judge approved the revised settlement and weeks after an NFL official, speaking to Congress, acknowledged for the first time a link between football and chronic traumatic encephalopathy, the brain decay found in dozens of former players after their deaths.

Critics appealing the settlement had argued any deal include future payments for CTE.

“I couldn’t stress enough the urgency of getting this done,” attorney Christopher Seeger said.

He conceded the settlement was hardly perfect.

... The Chiefs appeal of anti-tampering violations was denied by commissioner Roger Goodell, meaning Kansas City will forfeit its third-round pick this year and sixth-round next year.

Chiefs officials did have its fine reduced from $250,000 to $200,000, while coach Andy Reid’s fine was reduced from $75,000 to $60,000.

... The Pennsylvania attorney general’s office is reviewing a district attorney’s decision not to charge Bills running back LeSean McCoy in a Philadelphia nightclub fight that left two off-duty police officers injured.


Camp updates

The Packers saw more of wide receiver Jordy Nelson and less of running back Eddie Lacy.

Nelson is recovering from right knee surgery, and Lacy looks slimmer after being called out by coach Mike McCarthy for being overweight.

... Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton is throwing every pass without a problem after recovering from a broken thumb.

... The Jets began workouts without quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick, a free agent, and defensive end Muhammad Wilkerson, who has yet to sign his franchise tender.

... Panthers cornerback Josh Norman, who has yet to sign his franchise tag worth $13.95 million for this season, plans to skip Carolina’s offseason program next week.