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Texans QB Brandon Weeden is expected to start this weekend's game against the Titans, according to insider Tania Ganguli.  CBS' Jason La Canfora confirms that QB Brian Hoyer (concussion) is not expected to be cleared by Sunday morning.  Weeden joined Houston a little more than a month ago after getting cut by the Cowboys.  We know what Weeden is at this point -- and it's not a fantasy starter.

Texans QB Brian Hoyer (concussion) is listed as questionable for Sunday’s game against the Titans. He was limited in practice all week but still hasn’t received full clearance. We’ll find out Hoyer’s status by noon ET on Sunday. QB Brandon Weeden will start if Hoyer can’t.

ESPN's Ed Werder reports that the Cowboys will start QB Matt Cassel when they come out of their Week 6 bye.  QB Brandon Weeden was completely mediocre in 3 starts, tossing just 1 TD with 2 INTs.  Cassel might be a slight upgrade, but he won't be a fantasy option and Dallas' passing game will continue to struggle.  QB Tony Romo isn't eligible to return until Week 11.

Cowboys HC Jason Garrett said after Sunday's loss to the Patriots that he'll "evaluate" the QB situation during the Week 6 bye.  Brandon Weeden has completed 70% of his passes over the last 3 weeks, but he's tossed just 1 TD with 2 INTs.  And Dallas has lost all 3 games.  The Cowboys' problem is that QB Matt Cassel isn't much of an upgrade.  This passing game will continue to struggle until QB Tony Romo returns in Week 11 at the earliest.

The Bills have traded QB Matt Cassel to the Cowboys in exchange for a swap of late 2017 draft picks, according to NFL Network's Albert Breer.  Cassel struggled mightily in Buffalo this summer and was beaten out for the starting job by QB Tyrod Taylor.  In Dallas, he'll begin as QB Brandon Weeden's backup.  We wouldn't rule out Cassel making starts for the Cowboys, but he won't be a fantasy option if he does.

The Cowboys have placed QB Tony Romo (collarbone) on IR designated for return.  It guarantees that he won't be back until Week 11.  And he might be out longer than that.  Romo isn't worth stashing outside of very deep leagues or leagues with an IR spot.  QB Brandon Weeden will look to play game-manager for Dallas until Romo returns.

Cowboys QB Tony Romo exited in the 3rd quarter of Sunday's game against the Eagles with what appeared to be a left shoulder injury.  It could also be a collarbone issue, which Romo has dealt with in the past.  He was taken back to the locker room with the training staff.  QB Brandon Weeden will take over for as long as Romo is out.

Update: Romo has a fractured collarbone.  It's the same injury he suffered back in 2010.  He didn't need surgery then and missed the final 10 weeks of the season.  Packers QB Aaron Rodgers missed 7 weeks with the same injury in 2013.  Dr. David Chao, a former NFL head team physician, says Romo's best case is a return in 4-6 weeks.  The worst case is 10-12.

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Cowboys QB Tony Romo sat out Wednesday's practice to rest his troublesome back. It's not necessarily a bad sign for his Sunday status. Romo has often missed Wednesday workouts this year to rest his back, even when further removed from the injury. Dallas seems to expect him to be in the lineup against the Jaguars, but we'll keep an eye on his status into the weekend.

Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said after Sunday's loss to the Cardinals that he expects QB Tony Romo (back) to return for Week 10. QB Brandon Weeden struggled in Romo's place, completing just 18 of 33 passes for 183 yards, 1 TD and 2 INTs. Just 4 of those completions went to WRs Dez Bryant and Terrance Williams. Romo will travel with the team to London, but we'll see if he's able to play through his painful back injury.

NFL Network's Desmond Purnell reports that Cowboys QB Tony Romo (back) will not play against the Cardinals today.  Purnell adds that Romo is dealing with 2 fractures in the transverse process of his back.  The transverse process is a bone that extends out from the main vertebrae.  This injury isn't related to Romo's 2013 back surgery, and there's reportedly a good chance he returns for Week 10.  QB Brandon Weeden gets the start today, though.  The 31-year-old looked solid in place of Romo last week, completing 4 of 6 passes for 69 yards and a score.  Weeden is just a low-end QB2 in fantasy, but he's good enough to keep Dez Bryant, Terrance Williams and Jason Witten in starter range.  RB DeMarco Murray is looking at another big workload today.

Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said on a Friday radio appearance that QB Tony Romo (back) is "moving around and feeling better."  Jones added that Romo remains a game-time call.  We'll know his status by noon ET on Sunday, but Romo will be a risky fantasy play if active.  He looked uncomfortable after the injury last Monday night and didn't practice at all this week.  And Romo being at less than 100% would only make it easier for Dallas to go run-heavy.  If Romo can't play, QB Brandon Weeden would draw in.  He'd be just a low-end QB2 in fantasy but has enough arm talent to keep Dez Bryant, Terrance Williams and Jason Witten afloat.

ESPN's Ian Fitzsimmons hears that Cowboys QB Tony Romo (back) is "at best questionable" for Sunday's game against the Cardinals.  Romo was able to return on Monday night, but it took a pain-killing shot to get him back out there.  And he undoubtedly woke up sore on Tuesday.  Of course, Romo has a history of playing through injuries, so don't count him out for Week 9.  But he'll be a risky fantasy start if he plays.  QB Brandon Weeden will start if Romo can't.  Fitzsimmons adds that Romo's season "is not in jeopardy."

Cowboys QB Tony Romo appeared to re-injure his back in the 3rd quarter of Monday night's game against the Redskins.  He took a knee to the lower back and was in obvious pain.  He gingerly limped off the field and back into the locker room.  Remember that Romo has undergone a pair of back surgeries since April 2013, so this is obviously a major concern.  Brandon Weeden is Dallas' backup QB.

Update: Romo returned with 2 minutes left in the 4th quarter.

The Cowboys have signed QB Brandon Weeden to a 2-year deal.  There have been whispers that backup QB Kyle Orton is considering retirement, so Weeden is at least an insurance policy against that.  Dallas would obviously be in trouble if he's forced to play this season, though.  Weeden arrives in the Big D with a 55.9% completion rate, 23 TDs and 26 INTs in 23 career appearances.

The Browns released QB Brandon Weeden on Wednesday.  The move comes just 2 years after Cleveland drafted him in the 1st round, but it still comes as no surprise.  That was 2 front offices and coaching staffs ago.  The latest set of leadership didn't pretend to like the erratic 30-year-old.  We could still see him landing somewhere as a backup, but fantasy owners can go ahead and forget about Weeden.  Meanwhile, QB Brian Hoyer sits atop the Browns' depth chart. They're fully expected to add an early-round rookie to the mix.

Speaking at the 2014 Scouting Combine, new Browns GM Ray Farmer sure didn't sound like he's a fan of QB Brandon Weeden.  “Do I think he can be a winning quarterback in the NFL? Let me say this,” Farmer said, per Scott Petrak of The Chronicle-Telegram. “Once you’re in the National Football League, you’re graded upon your performance and what you were able to achieve at that moment. We have a grade on Brandon. In time, his agent and he will both know where we stand with Brandon and he will be able to release that information.”  It would have been easy for Farmer to say something positive about Weeden without committing to the QB in any way.  Farmer refused to say whether the Browns would keep or dump Weeden, but it sure seems like they want a different starter for 2014.

Multiple outlets report that the Browns have named Kyle Shanahan OC.  It'll likely be a while before we can start analyzing his impact on fantasy values there, however.  Cleveland figures to acquire a QB via trade or the draft (or both) and might not have its starting RB on the roster right now.  We see no reason that Shanahan should hurt the outlooks for WR Josh Gordon or TE Jordan Cameron, though.  He comes from a Washington offense that featured WR Pierre Garcon and rookie TE Jordan Reed after coaching a Houston offense friendly to TEs and WR Andre Johnson.

Browns QB Brandon Weeden (concussion) has been cleared to practice.  He’s yet to gain clearance for game action, however.  Jason Campbell will start Sunday against Chicago, so Weeden’s fantasy value remains non-existent. 

Browns QB Brandon Weeden sustained a concussion in Sunday's loss to the Jaguars.  He never actually left the game -- chucking for 370 yards, 3 TDs and 2 INTs -- but reported concussion symptoms afterward.  Weeden will need to pass through the league's protocol in order to play Week 14.  QB Jason Campbell is in the same boat after suffering a concussion last weekend.  If neither guy is cleared for next Sunday, former undrafted free agent Alex Tanney would be next in line.

Browns HC Rob Chudzinski said Monday that "chances are" QB Brandon Weeden will start against Jacksonville in Week 13, according to  Jason Campbell came away from Sunday's loss to the Steelers with a concussion, and quick recovery apparently doesn't look promising.  Weeden proved to us all earlier this season that we shouldn't look to him for fantasy value, but he also shouldn't alter the outlooks for WR Josh Gordon and TE Jordan Cameron.  If anything, Weeden has been better for Cameron's fantasy production.

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