Matt Cassel could get the hook tonight

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The Cowboys gave quarterback Kellen Moore some first-team reps this week for a reason. PFT has confirmed that, if starter Matt Cassel struggles on Saturday night against the Jets, the Cowboys plan to replace Cassel with Moore.

The story of Cassel being on a “short leash” was first reported by Ed Werder of ESPN.

Moore, a 26-year-old college standout at Boise State, has never appeared in an NFL regular-season game. As the Cowboys prepare to embark on an offseason search for a better backup to Tony Romo, it makes sense to give Moore a chance to play, if/when the 4-9 Cowboys begin to slide toward their 10th loss of the season.

Cassel, acquired in a trade with the Bills after Romo broke his left collarbone in September, has had plenty of chances to thrive. The Cowboys, however, have only one win without Romo.

In six starts, Cassel has completed 59.2 percent of his passes, with an average of 6.3 yards per attempt, five touchdowns, and six interceptions.  Most importantly, Cassel is 1-5 as a starter.