IRVING, Texas – With practices for Monday night's game against Washington set to begin on Thursday morning, the Cowboys announced a flurry of roster activity Wednesday.
Most notable among several different moves is that Tony Romo will remain on the active roster for the time being. It had been widely expected that Romo would move to injured reserve with a broken clavicle, but the Cowboys have decided to monitor him on a week-by-week basis while they still remain alive in the NFC East division race.
Despite that, the Cowboys still opted to promote Kellen Moore to the 53-man roster – as expected. With Romo injured, Matt Cassel had been the team's only healthy quarterback. Moore will serve as his backup heading into the coming weeks.
The Cowboys also officially activated Chaz Green from the Physically Unable to Perform list. The third-round draft pick has missed the vast majority of his rookie season after undergoing surgery on his hip during the summer. He has been practicing with the team for the past few weeks, however, and will be eligible to play starting this week.
Moore's promotion didn't require a roster move, since the Cowboys released running back Trey Williams earlier this week. To make room for Green, though, they sent fellow rookie Ryan Russell to the injured reserve. Russell hasn't been a major factor during his rookie campaign, and he suffered an abdominal injury several weeks ago that has held him out of practice.
The Cowboys also announced three additions to their practice squad after freeing up several spots during the week. All three names should be familiar to Cowboys fans. The team re-signed running back Ben Malena, who was in training camp in 2014 and 2015. They also recalled developmental defensive end Efe Obada, who has had several stints on the roster since signing from the United Kingdom in the offseason.
A former draft pick is also re-joining the ranks, as the Cowboys are adding cornerback Terrance Mitchell, who was a seventh-round draft pick out of Oregon in 2014. Mitchell was one of the stories of training camp last season due to his scrappy style of play, but he didn't make the final roster. He had been with the Chicago Bears up until a few weeks ago, when he was released.