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Thursday, August 28, 2008
Classic audio from Cowboys' backup QB Bartel

By Dan Graziano
ESPN.com

Posted by ESPN.com's Matt Mosley

Cowboys third-team quarterback Richard Bartel joined us on ESPN Radio on Wednesday and talked about everything from Jessica Simpson to his minor league baseball days. Bartel will start against the Vikings Thursday night and play the whole way.

It's interesting that the Kansas City Chiefs called late last season and wanted to add Bartel to their active roster. He'd just spent all season on the Cowboys' practice squad, and the Chiefs were offering him a chance to play in a regular-season game.

Bartel turned them down because he wanted to keep learning under offensive coordinator Jason Garrett and quarterbacks coach Wade Wilson. Tonight, we'll see if Bartel made the right decision. If he plays well, there's a chance the Cowboys will keep him on the active roster. If he has a rough night, we may never hear from him again.

At least there's no pressure.