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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