Special to the N.E.T. Sports Gazette
OXNARD, Calif. - The Cowboys have thrown their first haymaker of the season, shocking training camp here Wednesday by suddenly releasing their starting quarterback Quincy Carter.
That's right, one more time to sink in:
Quincy Carter, the starter last season for all 16 games and the player expected to lead the team once again in 2004, has been released.
During Bill Parcells' daily press conference, which also included owner and general manager Jerry Jones, both failed to elaborate on specific reasons of Carter's release, but did make a few statements rather clear.
"I'm very disappointed," Jones said. "But I will say this, this was not a difficult situation."
Parcells said he was "saddened" by the decision, but ultimately couldn't risk keeping Carter on the team.
"I'm committed to moving forward right now," Parcells said. "I've got 18 months invested in this thing. I just couldn't put the rest of the team at risk. We just couldn't keep him in our plans. "
With Carter's release, Parcells said Vinny Testaverde, the 40-year old veteran with 17 years of pro experience, would assume the starting quarterback duties.
And that currently leaves the Cowboys with just rookie Drew Henson, who hasn't played in a organized football game since the 2000 season, and second-year pro Tony Romo, who was inactive for every game last season.
Parcells said the Cowboys will stick with just three quarterbacks on the roster for now.
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