NFL Nation: Michael Marquardt

Cowboys on the board first

October, 25, 2010
10/25/10
8:53
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ARLINGTON, Texas -- The Dallas Cowboys have been one of the worst teams in the league at causing turnovers, but Terence Newman's interception and 30-yard return put them in excellent shape to score the game's first touchdown. I'm not sure how Michael Boley allows Jason Witten a free release when the Cowboys have the ball at the 4-yard line. That's the easiest touchdown Witten will ever score.

Cowboys up, 7-0, with 12:31 to go in the first quarter.

Posted by ESPN.com's Matt Mosley

The Washington Redskins released linebacker Alfred Fincher, cornerback Michael Grant, defensive tackle Michael Marquardt, wide receiver Marques Hagans and offensive tackle Devin Clark on Sunday. Fincher, a solid special teams player for the Skins, was the most surprising name on the list. Coach Jim Zorn explained the decision following practice Sunday.

"I don't want to take anything away from Fincher because he's worked really hard, and he has improved," Zorn said. "But to us there was kind of a ceiling there on him compared to some of the other guys that are coming on. Now he may have been more seasoned, but sometimes with a younger guy there is a potential there that you like -- a speed or a flash that I think coaches are looking at that kind of give those guys a little bit longer look. Al, in all fairness, he was here a year ago, and the other guys are doing as well as he, so we decided that maybe they'll have a higher ceiling."

Zorn also said that defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth missed Sunday's practice due to stomach issues. He said that running back Clinton Portis will not play Thursday in Jacksonville, but indicated some of the others starters would be in the game. It sounds like we're going to see a whole lot of Colt Brennan and Chase Daniel in this game. If I had to guess right now, I think Zorn's leaning toward Daniel as the third quarterback.

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