Report: Dallas Cowboys to release Kyle Orton; Brandon Weeden set for backup role

twitter.com Published: July 15, 2014
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photo - Brandon Weeden has worked his way into the No. 2 quarterback role for the Dallas Cowboys. (AP Photo/LM Otero)
Brandon Weeden has worked his way into the No. 2 quarterback role for the Dallas Cowboys. (AP Photo/LM Otero)

Former Oklahoma State quarterback Brandon Weeden is one step closer to being a starting quarterback again -- this time with the Dallas Cowboys.


ESPN's Adam Schefter reports that the Cowboys are set to release quarterback Kyle Orton, who was slated to be the No. 2 quarterback behind Tony Romo. That was until Orton didn't show for any of the Cowboys' organized team activities.

With Romo healing from back surgery, and Orton missing, Weeden was able to take reps with the first team this offseason, impressing the Cowboys staff along the way.

Weeden was signed in the offseason after being released by the Cleveland Browns in March.

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