Cowboys Sign New Starting QB Cooper Rush With Dak Prescott Expected To Miss Weeks
Cooper Rush is in line to be the Dallas Cowboys’ starting quarterback for as long as Dak Prescott remains out.
The team confirmed Saturday that it signed the 28-year-old and elevated Will Grier to the 53-man roster.
Rush will serve as the Cowboys’ starter, whereas Grier will be the backup.
The @dallascowboys made the following roster moves on Saturday:
– Placed DE Tarell Basham on Reserve/Injured
– Signed QB Cooper Rush and K Brett Maher to the active roster
– Elevated QB Will Grier and C Alec Lindstrom from the practice squad
– Released DT John Ridgeway
— Dallas Cowboys Public Relations (@DallasCowboysPR) September 17, 2022
The move was expected as Rush practiced this week, taking first-team reps.
“He’s as rehearsed in this offense as anybody,” head coach Mike McCarthy said this week.
During last Sunday night’s loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Prescott suffered a thumb injury that required surgery.
He is reportedly expected to miss several weeks.
Before today’s moves, Prescott was the only QB on the roster.
Rush has been with the Cowboys since 2017 after getting signed as an undrafted free agent.
He appeared in five games (including one start) with the Cowboys last year, throwing for 422 yards, three touchdown passes and one interception.
In Rush’s brief appearance against the Buccaneers last Sunday, he attempted 13 passes, picking up just 64 yards.
Grier, on the other hand, has started two games in the NFL, both of which were with the Carolina Panthers in 2019.
The North Carolina native has thrown for just 228 yards in his career.
In addition to the Prescott injury, the Cowboys will be without wide receiver Michael Gallup, who is listed as out after practicing on a limited basis three times this week.
On Sunday, the Cowboys look to rebound against the Cincinnati Bengals, which are also coming off a week one loss.
But the Cowboys will face a tough road ahead without Prescott and will hope to stay in the playoff hunt.
The team will be playing at home tomorrow at 4:25 p.m. ET.
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