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Injury to Tony Romo has Cowboys digging through Raiders trash

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Desperate times call for desperate measures. Or should it be beggars can't be choosers? Either one would work for the Cowboys' current predicament. They lost their Pro Bowl quarterback Tony Romo to a broken collarbone that will have him sideline for a couple months.

Romo's replacement is Brandon Weeden and the team is suddenly forced to pick through some well used leavings on the free agent market; two of whom are former Raiders cast-offs Christian Ponder and Matt Flynn, according to ESPN's Josina Anderson.

Ponder was signed by the Raiders this offseason and was almost instantly handed the primary backup job behind Derek Carr. Then he got beaten out by Matt McGloin and after an awful preseason Ponder was among the team's final roster cuts.

At least Ponder was a cheap free agent addition. The Raiders actually traded for Flynn and paid him some $6 million only to see him suffer from arm fatigue in preseason, lose his starting job to Terrelle Pryor, play one terrible game in relief of Pryor, and get booted after moping all week.

Now Ponder and Flynn are part of some slim pickens for emergency QB additions.