OXNARD, Calif.– Backup quarterback Brandon Weeden doesn't know if he'll be cleared to play this week against the Vikings, but he knows he's feeling much better than he did Sunday night.
After leaving the game with a concussion from a second-quarter hit to the head, Weeden is pleased with the progress he's making.
"I keep getting better, which is good," said Weeden, who said Sunday's hit was probably the worst concussion he's experienced in his playing career. "I feel good right now. I've had three minor ones. But whether it's really minor or you get knocked out, they treat you the same way."
The NFL's policy has been to sit out players with concussion for a full seven-day window. Since the Cowboys played Sunday night against San Francisco and play Saturday at home vs. the Vikings, Weeden said he's not even sure he'll be cleared to play.
"It's such a process now the way the league handles these things," Weeden said. "I don't know really know all of that works. Again, it's all about how I respond. It's just a matter of getting healthy. I had a headache that night. Other than that, I keep getting better which is good. I'm sleeping well. I'm not dizzy or anything. I just take it day-by-day until I'm symptom free."
[embeddedad0]The third preseason game is typically a "dress rehearsal" for the regular season, meaning the starters can go as long as the entire first half. Whether the Cowboys decide to play Tony Romo until halftime remains to be seen.
And the Cowboys certainly want to get more evaluation on both Dustin Vaughan and Jameill Showers, so holding out Weeden another week might be the best option for all parties involved.
Weeden said he will remain with the team all week and fly home with his teammates on the charter flight Friday afternoon to Dallas.