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December 31, 2010

Former Arena League quarterback studying hard

Chris Greisen has had the ultimate cramming course this week and he said Friday he has been putting in about 13 hours daily. Greisen, who was signed as an emergency quarterback Monday, has been activated for the Eagles game on Sunday.

The Cowboys put Sam Hurd, who has been bothered by headaches, on injured reserve to make room for Greisen on the active roster.

Jon Kitna missed practice Friday but is still hopefully he can be healthy enough to play. But he has pain in his throwing motion, so it seems likely that he will be sidelined. That would mean Stephen McGee would be the starter and the 34-year-old Greisen would be the backup.

Greisen said he has taken about 15 snaps from starting center Andre Gurode during the week, but he has yet to throw a pass to a Cowboys’ regular wide receiver or tight end.

“I don’t have a rapport with any of the starters,” Greisen said. “ I have a rapport with some of the backups and the scout team guys.”

One of those is Troy Bergeron, who was signed as practice squad wide receiver two weeks ago. Bergeron and Greisen were teammates on the Arena Football League Georgia Force in 2007.

“He was my guy,” Greisen said.

Records from the Arena league are difficult to come by, but one web site had Greisen throwing for 117 TDs in 2007 and Bergeron catching 41 TDs. Of course, the Arena Football League field is 50 yards long, but still, that is good rapport.

Barring injuries, however, neither Greisen nor Bergeron will see action Sunday.

Greisen said he is comfortable with about 75 percent of the game plan but said, “I’ve had plenty of experience in different systems. Everybody runs the same plays, it’s just different verbiage and that’s been the hardest thing for me.”

-- Jan Hubbard

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