Jason Garrett informed Brandon Weeden that he is no longer the Dallas Cowboys' starting quarterback.

That means Matt Cassel will start when the Cowboys return from their bye week to face the New York Giants on Oct. 25.

Weeden lost all three games he's started — the longest streak during Garrett's 77 games as head coach — in place of the injured Tony Romo. His worst performance came in Sunday's loss to New England, when he failed to find the end zone and presided over an offense that went three-and-out six times on the team's first seven possessions.

The Cowboys acquired Cassel, a former Viking, from Buffalo on Sept. 22. He has more experience as an NFL starter than Weeden and has been to a Pro Bowl.

He was active for the first time in a Cowboys uniform Sunday.

"Well, he's certainly comfortable enough," Garrett said during his news conference earlier this week. "We wouldn't have put him in that situation to be the backup quarterback with a possibility of going into the game if something were to happen to Brandon.

"He's worked hard, he's a veteran player, he's a smart guy, he's been here for a little bit. There are always levels of knowing something.

''The more you're around something the more experienced you are with the people doing it together, the better you're going to be at it. But he's certainly comfortable with our system."

Taylor hurting

Tyrod Taylor's playing status is uncertain after the Bills starting quarterback hurt his left leg while rallying Buffalo to victory against Tennessee last weekend.

The Bills took a precautionary step in addressing their quarterback depth behind backup EJ Manuel by signing free agent Josh Johnson on Tuesday.

The move came a day after coach Rex Ryan said Taylor was "beat up" and "sore" following a 14-13 win against Tennessee. However, Ryan didn't go into specifics when asked whether Taylor might be too sore to play Sunday, when Buffalo (3-2) hosts Cincinnati (5-0).

"We all know he finished the game, but we'll see how he's doing," Ryan said Monday. "We'll be looking at him throughout the week. ... But he's sore now, I can tell you that much."


•Falcons coach Dan Quinn said he anticipates star wide receiver Julio Jones (hamstring) will play on Thursday night against the Saints but Jones stopped short of saying he will be ready.

"That's my plan, to play," Jones said Tuesday. "But who knows?"

•Panthers middle linebacker Luke Kuechly returned to practice exactly one month after suffering a concussion in the Carolina's season-opening 20-9 win against the Jaguars. Barring a setback, he's expected to start Sunday against the Seahawks.

•The Jaguars signed Jeff Tuel to the practice squad, giving them a third quarterback in case Blake Bortles can't play this week because of a sprained throwing shoulder.

•A judge agreed to delay the double murder trial of former Patriots Aaron Hernandez by seven weeks, to Jan. 19, to allow time to collect more evidence.

•The Chiefs placed Jamaal Charles on injured reserve after the star running back tore the ACL in his right knee while making a cut against the Bears.