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Cowboys: Cooper Rush fulfills QB expectations while Dak Prescott recovers from injury

Cowboys: Cooper Rush fulfills QB expectations while Dak Prescott recovers from injury

  • Cowboys
Sep 28
SW Creative
  • SportsWriters

In the absence of star quarterback Dak Prescott, the Dallas Cowboys will rely on Cooper Rush to fill in the starting QB position.

To date, Rush has exceeded expectations as a replacement for Prescott, who sustained a thumb injury in the Cowboys season opening loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

However, Cowboys owner Jerry Jones has his own unique take regarding the current QB situation in Dallas now that the team has won games without having to depend solely on Prescott.

Jones suggested that the current script at hand was to battle out the $40 million longtime QB against the former undrafted pro who was waived in 2020 after signing a one-year, restricted free agent contract with the Cowboys.

“Wouldn’t it be something if you had a dilemma as to which way you go?” Jones said.

Since taking over as starter for Dallas in Game 2 against the Cincinnati Bengals, Rush has performed admirably. Bengals QB Joe Burrow’s 24 pass attempts for 199 yards in the game were bettered by Rush’s 19 of 31 for 235 yards.

In the thrilling Game 3 win over the New York Giants, Rush completed 21 out of 31 passes for 215 yards and a touchdown.

Rush will be the Cowboys’ starting quarterback until Prescott returns from his injury. Following that loss, Prescott told Lisa Salters of ESPN that he hopes to be able to play in Week 4 against the Washington Commanders.

Until the Cowboys release an official statement regarding Prescott, Rush will continue to be the starting quarterback for Dallas.


Rush joins Hall of Famer Roger Staubach and Jason Garrett as the only Cowboys starting QBs to win their first three career starts.

Rush is the first undrafted quarterback to win each of his first three NFL starts and throw for 750+ yards over those starts since Kurt Warner of the St. Louis Rams in 1999.

During that season, he won both the NFL MVP and Super Bowl MVP awards.

Rush is also the first quarterback since at least 1950 to win his first three career starts while posting a 60-plus completion percentage, 200-plus passing yards, and 90-plus passer rating.

In addition, Rush became one of two quarterbacks in NFL history to have a game-winning drive in each of his first three career starts. Virgil Carter, the Chicago Bears’ quarterback in 1968, was the other.

“He’ll be dealing with more rehab this week and hopefully we’ll get the swelling and the strength where it needs to be,” McCarthy said. “But I do not have a timeline on when he will start throwing.”

- Mike McCarthy on Prescott's status

"There's no question he understands this offense and he has a makeup of a top quarterback -- and I underline the word top -- and we're very fortunate."

- Jerry Jones

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