Cowboys release QB Brandon Weeden to make room for Tony Romo

The Brandon Weeden era has come to an end in Dallas. Kirby Lee USA TODAY Sports

With Tony Romo set to return this week against the Miami Dolphins, the Dallas Cowboys were forced to make a move to make room for him on the active roster.

On Tuesday, the team announced they have released Brandon Weeden, opening up a roster spot for Romo to be activated from short-term injured reserve.

Weeden was 0-3 as the Cowboys' starter in 2015, and has lost 11 consecutive starts going back to his rookie season in 2012. His numbers weren't terrible this season, but they certainly weren't good enough to keep the job over Matt Cassel.

In three starts, Weeden completed 72.4 percent of his passes and had a passer rating of 92.1, but he only threw two touchdown passes to two interceptions. Over the course of his four-year career, Weeden has thrown 28 touchdown passes and 30 interceptions, and at the age of 32, he's not the youngest quarterback in the league.

He'll likely get another chance elsewhere, probably as a backup, but he's failed to meet the expectations of being a first-round pick in 2012.

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