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Dallas Cowboys News & Notes: Cowboys Still Pondering What Do At Quarterback & What To Do With Their Own

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The Cowboys have one preseason game left to play and they still have so much left to figure out about their quarterback situation.

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Cowboys Still Weighing Their Options In Regard To Romo's Roster Spot- Dave Helman- Dallas Cowboys
Tony Romo looms as perhaps the greatest unknown in determining the Cowboys’ final roster, as team executive vice president Stephen Jones is well aware.

"We’ve got to have him through the 53 cut before we could put him on designated-to-return – if we wanted to consider that," Jones said. "But it may be that we just keep him on the roster. We’ll just see."

Cowboys vs. Texans: Dallas Roster Battles To Watch In Final Preseason Game -Joseph.Hatz- Blogging The Boys
There won’t be many familiar names on the field come Thursday night against the Texans but there will be plenty on the line for the players at the end of the roster.

Jameill Showers has not been overly impressive and this may be his last opportunity to convince the coaching staff that he is worthy of a spot on the 53-man roster. Names like Mark Sanchez, Zach Mettenberger, and Austin Davis have been suggested as possibilities, with Davis coming in for a visit on Wednesday, and it is likely that Showers will end up competing with a TBD veteran quarterback for this spot. While Showers was thought to have a good chance at being the Cowboys’ third quarterback before Romo’s injury, there now seem to be better than even odds that he will be relegated back to the practice squad, if he goes unclaimed that is.

Jon Gruden sees Cowboys tailoring offense to Dak Prescott's strengths- Todd Archer- ESPN

Jon Gruden expects the Cowboys to tailor their offense to Dak Prescott, who the analyst said reminds him of Donovan McNabb.

He had some Donovan McNabb-like qualities," Gruden said Tuesday on a conference call. "I coached McNabb in the Senior Bowl when he was coming out of Syracuse. Similar size. Similar option football background. And I think you're seeing a little Donovan McNabb, dual-threat, physical stature-type traits throughout the preseason. I'm not shocked that he's played this well. I am stunned, however, that he looks like the opening day starter for the Dallas Cowboys."

Preseason finale leaves some Cowboys with fourth-and-long odds-Drew Davison- The Star-Telegram

Many wonder why the NFL has a fourth preseason game. For some, it's their last chance to realize a dream.

Just about every team rests its starters and the Dallas Cowboys are no different. There’s no reason to expose starters such as Dez Bryant or Jason Witten to injury with the regular season so close. But the game means a lot to plenty of players trying to secure a spot on the 53-man roster or practice squad. And, quite frankly, it marks the last time dozens of players will ever put on an NFL football uniform.

Cowboys still don't have deal with QB Austin Davis, but like him as option to be Dak Prescott's backup -Brandon George- SportsDay

Dallas Cowboys coaches met with veteran quarterback Austin Davis on Wednesday morning and he remained at The Star in Frisco during the club's annual luncheon.

The two sides talked about a deal but have yet to come to an agreement. Davis was released Monday by Cleveland. He went 3-7 in 10 starts over the last two seasons for the Browns and Rams.

Annual Kickoff Luncheon Honors Recent Passing of Happy Hill Farm Founder -Nick Eatman- Dallas Cowboys
While Wednesday’s luncheon provided just that, it was also a chance to pay tribute to one of the key members of this event every year.

Just last week, Ed Shipman, the founder of Happy Hill Farm, passed away due to congestive heart failure at the age of 84. Shipman and his wife, Gloria, virtually built the center from the ground up, developing it into a life-changing institution for disadvantaged or "at-risk" children.

Could Tony Romo Be Back As Early As Week 3 Against The Chicago Bears?- OCC - Blogging The Boys
It's been widely reported that Tony Romo will be out 6-10 weeks with a fractured vertebra. But could he return sooner?

Medical Source: I watched David Carr on the NFL Network this morning, and he made a good point: the fracture will likely not get any worse. I also remembered that there was precedent for Romo’s bone to heal closer to four weeks: in 2008 he missed four weeks while his throwing hand healed. He returned after the bye the fourth week, so he missed three games.

If the hairline fracture is on the front edge of the L1 body (the most likely location due to the mechanism of injury), that is where the bone is most dense. That area is biomechanically engineered to take a beating. It is also the area that heals the fastest and is the most difficult to re-fracture.

Sean Lee of Dallas Cowboys restructures contract- Todd Archer-ESPN
Linebacker Sean Lee and the Cowboys agreed to a reworked deal in which he can earn an extra $2 million in 2016, sources told ESPN's Todd Archer.

The Cowboys also turned $2 million of Lee's $3 million base salary into signing bonus for cap purposes, which will bump his cap figure to $6.2 million this season, a $250,000 increase over what it had been.

No deal yet for vet QB Austin Davis; No IR decision yet on Tony Romo -Clarence E. Hill- The Star-Telegram
The Cowboys visited with former Cleveland Browns quarterback Austin Davis on Wednesday in hopes of signing him as insurance for Thursday’s preseason game against the Houston Texans.

"That’s just a work in progress, I don’t want to speculate on where that is going to end up," vice president Stephen Jones said. Obviously, he’s done some good things in this league and competed against us in a very competitive way. He’s done some good things. He’s obviously someone of interest to us right now.

Cowboys LB Sean Lee says knee is no concern: 'I'll be ready to go for the first game' -David Moore- SportsDay
Sean Lee said the sore knee that has kept him out of practice the last few days isn't a concern and he'll definitely be ready for the Cowboys opener.

"It's nothing serious,'' said Lee, who had an MRI on the knee earlier this week. "I've had a couple of surgeries on the knee. I'm just managing the knee at this point. I'll be ready to go for the first game. No question. If we had a game this Sunday, I'd be playing. We just had some down time and I think we're taking advantage of it.''