Leaf Fails Physical With Dallas

September 5 – Former Bucs' QB Ryan Leaf's wrist problem might have been one of the reasons Tampa Bay decided to waive him on Monday, but it was definitely the reason he did not sign a contract with the Dallas Cowboys on Wednesday. Leaf was set to sign a two-year deal with Dallas, but he failed a team physical.

Ex-Bucs QB Ryan Leaf was released on Monday after he was demoted to the fourth-string quarterback and refused to take a $200,000 pay cut. Leaf's ailing wrist also contributed to his release from Tampa Bay and on Wednesday, his wrist injury cost him a job in Dallas.

Leaf visited Dallas on Tuesday and was expected to sign a two-year deal with the Cowboys, but after he passed a team physical. Dallas received wind of his ailing injury while he was in Tampa and decided to take a closer look at it.

After further review of Leaf's wrist, Dallas thought it would be in their best interest to not sign Leaf.

"It was an injury that concerned us enough that we couldn't make a decision to put him on our roster," said Cowboys' owner Jerry Jones. "I know he was disappointed. I don't know that he was surprised. There's no question he was surprised it would impact our decision as much as it did."

What' next for Leaf? It looks like it could be surgery, but one thing is for sure. Leaf won't be playing opposite of his old teammates at Dallas on opening day.

"I think right now, we're going to explore all our options," said Leaf's agent David Dunn. "The most important thing is his health and getting his wrist right."


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