McCown announced his retirement Friday, NFL.com's Marc Sessler reports.
A 2004 fourth-round pick, the younger McCown brother made just 10 career starts despite hanging around the NFL for 13 years. He was released by the Cowboys in September and spent 2017 out of football, after serving as the top backup to Drew Brees in New Orleans from 2013 to 2016. The 36-year-old quarterback also spent time with the Browns, Buccaneers, Jaguars and Falcons. His older brother, Josh, is expected to compete for the Jets' starting job again.
McCown was released by the Cowboys on Saturday, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.
McCown and Kellen Moore were both beaten out by undrafted rookie Cooper Rush. As a vested veteran, McCown is immediately eligible to sign with another team.
McCown (shoulder) didn't play in Saturday's preseason win against the Colts.
After serving solely as the holder during the Hall of Fame Game, McCown was less than inspiring in preseason Week 1 against the Rams, completing six of 13 passes for 31 yards with no touchdowns, no interceptions and two fumbles, one of which he lost. He suffered the injury in the latter outing and has subsequently been held out of practice. Because Kellen Moore has underwhelmed as well during exhibition season, undrafted rookie Cooper Rush has staked his claim to a job with impressive performances, albeit against lesser competition late in games.
McCown missed Monday's practice due to a sore shoulder that he sustained on a hit in Saturday's preseason opener, Todd Archer of ESPN.com reports.
McCown is competing with Kellen Moore and Cooper Rush for the top backup spot behind starting quarterback Dak Prescott. The veteran didn't do much to help his chances Saturday, completing just six of 13 passes for 31 yards along with picking up the injury. There's nothing to indicate it's a serious concern for McCown, but if he's forced to play through pain in the remainder of the preseason, expecting improved performance in subsequent contests may be too much to ask.
McCown agreed to a deal with the Cowboys on Friday, Adam Caplan of ESPN reports.
The Cowboys were fortunate for the latter portion of the 2016 season to have Tony Romo providing depth at quarterback behind Dak Prescott, but it looks like there will be a competition in training camp this year to determine the No. 2 man. McCown, who has played the backup role throughout the majority of his career, will be entering his 14th season in the league. He worked behind Drew Brees in New Orleans for the last four seasons, tallying one start in the process and performing reasonably well in that opportunity -- 335 yards, one touchdown and one interception. The veteran will compete with Kellen Moore for the second-string role in training camp.
The Saints plan to release McCown on Wednesday, Josh Katzenstein of the New Orleans Times-Picayune reports.
McCown became expendable following the Saints' offseason signing of Chase Daniel, who will serve as the top backup to Drew Brees during the upcoming season. With Brees starting every game in 2016, McCown failed to see the field. The 35-year-old will look to find a home elsewhere as a depth option.
McCown was checked for a concussion after Thursday's game but the results were negative, Josh Katzenstein of the Times-Picayune reports.
McCown had an abbreviated showing in Thursday's preseason finale, going 2-for-4 for 30 yards. However, he did take one sack during his cameo, so the Saints wanted to ensure that he didn't suffer a concussion. Fortunately, he passed through the concussion protocol and appears to be fine heading into Week 1.
McCown completed 14 of 19 passes for 118 yards, adding 25 yards on three carries in Saturday's preseason game against the Texans.
With 2015 third-round selection Garrett Grayson failing to impress through the first two weeks of the preseason, McCown doesn't seem to be in any danger of losing the No. 2 quarterback job.
The Saints and McCown agreed to a two-year, $3 million contract Thursday, Tom Pelissero of USA Today reports.
McCown was pressed into action in Week 3 due to an absent Drew Brees (foot), touching up the Panthers for 310 yards but no touchdowns and one interception. Thereafter, McCown completed his only other pass of the year before requiring season-ending back surgery in early November. With a deal in hand, the 35-year-old will continue to serve as insurance for Brees, who is two years McCown's senior.
McCown won't play again this season following Tuesday's back surgery, Christopher Dabe of the New Orleans Times-Picayune reports.
McCown was present on the injury report last week due to a lower back injury, but the severity wasn't clear until he was ruled out for an appearance in Week 9 on Friday. After an evaluation with a specialist Monday, surgery was announced for Tuesday, which will subsequently end his season. In his stead, the Saints will bring Matt Flynn into the fold to serve as Drew Brees' backup.
McCown will undergo back surgery Tuesday, Katherine Terrell of the New Orleans Times-Picayune reports.
While it's unknown if McCown's season is over, his availability in the short term is almost certainly in jeopardy, meaning the Saints could soon turn to Garrett Grayson as Drew Brees' primary backup. Once the procedure is complete, the team will likely release a timetable, if any, for his return.
McCown will visit with a specialist on Monday to examine his injured back, and the injury could hold him out for the rest of the season, according to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network.
McCown has already been ruled out for Sunday's game against the Titans, though with Drew Brees healthy, he wasn't likely to get much playing time anyway. Rookie Garrett Grayson is expected to be the backup Sunday, and likely the rest of the season if McCown is ruled out.
McCown (back) has been ruled out for Sunday's game against the Titans, NOLA.com reports.
There hasn't been any indication that McCown's injury is overly serious, but Garrett Grayson will serve as the backup quarterback for at least one game. McCown filled in competently for Drew Brees back in Week 3, nearly leading the Saints to a win over the Panthers.
Saints wide receiver Brandin Cooks (ankle) has been deemed probable for the Week 4 battle against Dallas.
Cooks logged a full practice Friday, leaving little question as to his Sunday availability. He's been a major disappointment so far, but he should at least have Drew Brees back under center. Oddly enough, Cooks had his best showing of the year in Week 3, catching seven passes (eight targets) for 79 yards while playing with backup quarterback Luke McCown.
Saints quarterback Drew Brees (shoulder) expressed confidence Thursday he'll be able to take the field Sunday against the Cowboys, ESPN.com reports.
"I'm very confident I will be able to...we'll see how it progresses," Brees said. "But there's not anything that's gonna keep me off the field on Sunday."
The quarterback has turned in limited practice showings both Wednesday and Thursday, which indicates progress from the bruised rotator cuff that sidelined him in Week 3. His listing on Friday's injury report will be particularly telling in his quest to return.
Saintsquarterback Drew Brees (shoulder) took most of the reps in Wednesday's practice, Larry Holder of the The Times-Picayune reports.
"I'll see how the shoulder responds tomorrow and the rest of the day, but each day I'm able to do more," Brees said after practice.
On Friday, Brees was unable to throw with his usual effectiveness, resulting in inactive status Sunday at Carolina. However, Tuesday's throwing session went well, which he followed up with a significant practice showing Wednesday.
Since he appears to be improving by the day, Brees could miss just one game as a result of a bruised rotator cuff. Luke McCown started in Brees' absence Week 3.
Saints quarterback Drew Brees (shoulder) is optimistic but uncertain about his availability for Week 4 against the Cowboys, ESPN.com reports.
Brees, who missed New Orleans' Week 3 loss to Carolina, says his shoulder injury is day to day, but admittedly impacts his "functionality", suggesting some structural impediments exist.
While Brees will surely do everything he can to prepare to play in Week 4, it's too early to tell right now what his status will ultimately be. In Brees' absence, Luke McCown did a commendable job quarterbacking the Saints' offense Sunday, and may be asked to do the same if Brees' shoulder troubles him any longer.
NFL.com's Ian Rapoport indicated Sunday he has been told Saints quarterback Drew Brees (shoulder) is "viewed as a long shot" for next Sunday's contest against the Cowboys.
Rapoport adds Brees' shoulder injury, which has been described as a bruise, is actually a rotator cuff sprain. It is an issue that infers the veteran QB may be dealing with some degree of structural damage. In any case, we'll track Brees' status, but it looks like backup Luke McCown's starting stint may last longer that one game.
Saints quarterback Drew Brees (shoulder) will not play Sunday at Carolina, reports Ian Rapoport of NFL.com.
According to Mike Triplett of ESPN, Sean Payton still expects Brees to return "sooner rather than later." That suggests he could be available for Week 4 against the Cowboys.
Luke McCown will start against the tough Panthers defense as New Orleans tries to avoid posting an 0-3 record.
Saints quarterback Drew Brees (shoulder) was limited in Thursday's practice, Larry Holder of New Orleans Times-Picayune reports.
Although he participated in some drills Thursday, it's unclear if Brees has actually commenced throwing, which is the all-important step in his quest to play Sunday at Carolina. If his bruised rotator cuff doesn't yield, though, Luke McCown is preparing to direct the Saints' offense in Week 3.