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October 29, 2010

McGee closer to playing


Stephen McGee still isn’t getting any offensive reps in practice, but he is closer to playing. For the first time in his career, he will be the No. 2 quarterback.

With Tony Romo out for 6-8 weeks with a broken left clavicle, McGee will serve as Jon Kitna’s backup. The Cowboys don’t have an emergency quarterback. McGee will take all the snaps on the scout team.

“You always want to prepare like you’re the starter even if you’re the third-string guy,” said McGee, a fourth-round pick in 2009. “Obviously, now I’m just one play away [from playing] instead of two. I’ve got to prepare myself even that much more and ask as many questions as I can.”

The Cowboys gained faith that McGee is closer to being ready with his performance in the final preseason game. He completed 27 of 42 passes for 304 yards with one touchdown and no interceptions, leading the team on a 75-yard scoring drive in the final two minutes to win the game.

-- Charean Williams


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