Matt Cassel is headed to Dallas in a trade as the Cowboys try to bolster their depth at quarterback while Tony Romo is sidelined at least seven games because of a broken left collarbone.

The Cowboys traded a 2017 fifth-round draft pick for the former Viking and Buffalo's 2017 seventh-round draft pick, according to Morning News sources.

The Cowboys were in need of another quarterback after starter Tony Romo went down in Sunday's 20-10 win over the Eagles.

Brandon Weeden is expected to start Sunday at home against Arizona (2-0), but Cassel is a veteran with far more experience than the fourth-year pro.

Cassel has 71 starts in 90 games over 11 seasons, not counting the opener this year when he took the first snap for the Bills with Tyrod Taylor lined up at receiver.

The Cowboys worked out a variety of options, including former Viking Christian Ponder, Matt Flynn and Josh Johnson.

Cassel, 33, made the 2010 Pro Bowl has 15,727 yards passing and 96 touchdowns to go with 70 interceptions in 10 seasons.

He has played for the Patriots, Chiefs, Vikings and Bills in his career. He was traded to Buffalo in March, released briefly this month but later re-signed.

Decker's knee injury just a sprain

The New York Jets received good news on Eric Decker's injured knee.

An MRI revealed the former Gophers receiver has a sprain, but not structural or ligament damage. Decker is "day to day."

Decker said after the Jets' 20-7 victory over the Indianapolis Colts on Monday night that team doctors thought it was an injury to the posterior cruciate ligament. Decker had eight catches for 97 yards and a touchdown before leaving the game in the second half.

He has not been ruled out for the Jets' next game Sunday at home against the Philadelphia Eagles.


Bloomington's Johnson cashes in

Colorado Avalanche have locked up former Gopher Erik Johnson through the 2022-23 season, signing the defenseman to a seven-year contract extension.

Johnson scored a career-high 12 goals last season before missing the final 34 games because of a knee injury. He also made his first NHL All-Star team but couldn't play due to the injury.

General Manager Joe Sakic says the 27-year-old is a "big part of the core of this team."

Johnson was acquired by Colorado on Feb. 18, 2011, from St. Louis, which originally drafted him with the No. 1 pick in 2006. Johnson says he is "humbled, honored and very excited to be part of this group for the next seven years."

The Bloomington native helped Team USA capture a silver medal at the 2010 Vancouver Olympics.

college football

Big Ten schools can ease schedules

Big Ten schools can petition the conference to waive a requirement in the new football scheduling policy that teams must play one nonconference game against an opponent from one of the other five most powerful leagues.

Associate Commissioner Scott Chipman said Tuesday conference officials would decide on a case-by-case basis.

Commissioner Jim Delany in July unveiled the new scheduling model that has each school playing one game against a team from the Atlantic Coast, Southeastern, Big 12 or Pacific-12 conferences or a major independent.

The starting quarterbacks, they are a changin'

Auburn is changing starting quarterbacks, turning from a struggling Jeremy Johnson to redshirt freshman Sean White. … Purdue benched junior quarterback Austin Appleby in favor of redshirt freshman David Blough. … South Carolina will start freshman Lorenzo Nunez at quarterback, replacing former walk-on Perry Orth. … Syracuse injured freshman quarterback Eric Dungey (head injury) is not likely to play Saturday against No. 8 LSU. … Utah State quarterback Chuckie Keeton will miss the next four to six weeks because of a right knee injury.


New York eliminates Washington

Tina Charles scored 22 points and Sugar Rodgers added 20 to help top-seeded New York beat Washington 79-74 and advance to the Eastern Conference finals for the first time since 2010.

Game 1 of the Eastern Conference finals against Indiana will be Wednesday because the Pope is coming to New York and will be at MSG on Friday.

around the horn

Pistorius case to be heard Nov. 3

The courts: Oscar Pistorius' case will be heard by South Africa's Supreme Court of Appeal on Nov. 3, when prosecutors will ask a panel of five judges to reject his trial verdict and convict the double-amputee athlete of murder for killing girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp.

Golf: Jim Furyk withdrew from the Tour Championship because of a wrist injury and doesn't know if he can play the Presidents Cup.