If you’re trying to read the tea leaves about the Dallas Cowboys’ quarterback situation before they head to U.S. Bank Stadium to take on the Minnesota Vikings for Sunday Night Football, we may have an indication from one of their local beat writers.
Cowboys backup QB Cooper Rush confirmed he took all the first-team reps during team drills in practice Wednesday and Thursday. Dak Prescott (calf) took first-team reps in walkthroughs. Rush: "Being able to take those and use those going into Sunday, if need be, it's awesome."— Michael Gehlken (@GehlkenNFL) October 29, 2021
Cooper Rush, who is the backup to Dak Prescott with the Cowboys, took all of the team’s first-team snaps in practice this week, according to Michael Gehlken of the Dallas Morning News.
Now, obviously Prescott is the sort of player that could step right in without getting all of the reps in practice and perform at a high level, but the Cowboys might want to take some caution with him. That could be one explanation for the team giving his backup all of the first-team snaps leading up to Sunday’s game.
Rush was an undrafted free agent out of Central Michigan in 2017 and has spent most of his career with the Cowboys, save for a few weeks with the New York Giants in 2020. He has thrown just three passes in his NFL career, with all of them coming in one game in his rookie season of 2017. Rush took over for Prescott as the Cowboys pasted the San Francisco 49ers by a score of 40-10. In that game, Rush completed 1-of-3 passes for two yards and ran the ball twice for 13 yards.
Again, we probably won’t have any sure word on the status of Dak Prescott until the inactives come out on Sunday afternoon (and possibly not even then). . .but if the Cowboys are going to turn to their backup quarterback on Halloween night, at least they will have put some solid effort into making sure that he’s prepared.