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Cooper Rush Doesn't Limit Cowboys Offense After Dak Prescott Injury, McCarthy Says

Adam WellsSeptember 15, 2022

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Dallas Cowboys head coach Mike McCarthy doesn't anticipate the offense changing with Cooper Rush at quarterback.

Speaking to reporters Thursday, McCarthy said Rush is "as rehearsed in this offense as anybody" and there are no schematic limitations with Dak Prescott unavailable because of an injury.

Prescott had surgery Monday to repair a thumb injury he suffered in the fourth quarter of Dallas' season-opening loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Initial reports had Prescott missing six to eight weeks, but Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said on 105.3 The Fan (h/t ESPN's Todd Archer) the two-time Pro Bowler won't be placed on injured reserve.

"We want him to be a consideration for playing for us within the next four games," Jones said.

Rush does have extensive experience in the Cowboys offense. He has spent his entire five-year career with the organization after being signed as an undrafted free agent in 2017.

Last season saw Rush make his first career start when Prescott was out with a strained calf. The Central Michigan alum went 24-of-40 for 325 yards with two touchdowns and one interception in a 20-16 win over the Minnesota Vikings.

After taking over for Prescott against the Bucs, Rush went 7-of-13 for 64 yards. He was also sacked twice for a loss of 12 yards.

The Cowboys offense was a huge disappointment in Week 1. They were the only team that didn't score a touchdown and were held to 244 yards. It marked their lowest yardage total in a single game since Week 7 of the 2020 season (142 yards).

Rush will look to lead the Cowboys to their first victory of the season Sunday when they host the defending AFC champion Cincinnati Bengals at AT&T Stadium.

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