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Cowboys sign Mark Sanchez

Mark Sanchez

FILE - In this Aug. 20, 2016, file photo, Denver Broncos quarterback Mark Sanchez stands during the national anthem before a preseason NFL football game against the San Francisco 49ers, in Denver. Trevor Siemian is Peyton Manning’s successor. Coach Gary Kubiak told the team Monday, Aug. 29, 2016, that Siemian will be the starting quarterback when the Broncos face Carolina in the season opener Sept. 8. Kubiak informed Siemian, Sanchez and Paxton Lynch of his decision before telling their teammates. (AP Photo/Jack Dempsey, File)


Mark Sanchez wasn’t out of work for long.

The Broncos tried to trade Sanchez over the last few days, but couldn’t find a taker before releasing him on Saturday. A short time later, the Cowboys announced that Sanchez will be in Dallas in time for the first week of the regular season.

The Cowboys dropped to 53 players before announcing Sanchez’s arrival and there’s no corresponding move at this time. It’s possible that his signing will become official on Sunday and that the Cowboys will place Tony Romo on injured reserve with designs on reactivating him later in the season.

Romo is expected to miss up to 10 weeks after breaking a bone in his back in the team’s third preseason game. A rule change this year allows teams to designate a player to return from injured reserve after six weeks on the list, but that player cannot go on injured reserve until the day after the cut to 53 players.

They could also make a move with quarterback Jameill Showers, who made the cut to 53 players on Saturday but presumably won’t be serving as Dak Prescott’s backup now that Sanchez is in town.