By Max Weisman
The Dallas Cowboys plan to stick with Cooper Rush at quarterback while Dak Prescott is sidelined with a thumb injury.
Rush, who has appeared in 12 games for the Cowboys since 2017 and started Sunday against the reigning AFC champion Cincinnati Bengals, is familiar with Dallas’ system and appears to be favored over any available free agent, according to CBS Sports.
“He knows the offensive system inside and out. He gets rid of the ball quickly,” one league source told the website. “His ability to communicate with the offensive line, wide receivers and running backs to get us in the right play.”
Rush went undrafted out of Central Michigan in 2017 and was fourth on the Cowboys QB depth chart, but had a strong preseason this year.
“He’s an elite student of the game. A heavy prep guy, which is why he was able to do what he did in Minnesota last year,” another source told CBS Sports. “Silent assassin. Stealth. Calm. Coop is no slouch.”
Rush played in Week 1 against Tampa Bay when Prescott left with a sore ankle. He went 7 for 13 with 64 yards.
On the Cowboys’ opening drive against the Bengals, Rush went 5-for-6 and threw for the team’s first touchdown of the season, connecting with Noah Brown.