Dallas Cowboys Head Coach Mike McCarthy Provides Big Update on Quarterback Situation

Published 08/22/2021, 11:37 AM EDT
GLENDALE, ARIZONA – AUGUST 13: Quarterback Dak Prescott #4 and head coach Mike McCarthy of the Dallas Cowboys before the NFL preseason game against the Arizona Cardinals at State Farm Stadium on August 13, 2021 in Glendale, Arizona. The Cardinals defeated the Dallas Cowboys 19-16. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)


The Dallas Cowboys enter the 2021 NFL season with sky-high expectations. With several key players returning from injuries, America’s Team is looking to leave its mark in the postseason.

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The key injury returnee remains quarterback Dak Prescott. The quarterback who was recently tied down by the franchise to a bumper four-year contract missed a good chunk of last season with a gruesome ankle injury.

After months of rehab, Prescott finally looked ready to start of preparations for the season before an injury besieged him again. But it’s not something to fear say the Dallas Cowboys referring to it as a minor shoulder strain.

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The Cowboys though look to be keeping their options open. If deemed fit, then the quarterback will be the undisputed starter for the team’s opening tie against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on September 9.

But if not, then the side will have to decide on a back-up quarterback to Dak Prescott.

Dallas Cowboys keeping their options open

With Gameweek 1 fast approaching, the Dallas Cowboys are still pondering over who they will enlist as their QB2 as back up to Dak Prescott.

In the Cowboys’ Saturday night game against the Houston Texans, Garrett Gilbert compiled 30 yards for one fumble, while Ben DiNucci threw three interceptions.

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The shining light for the Cowboys though was QB Cooper Rush. The quarterback mustered up 97 yards and made 10 completions. With two touchdowns to go along with it, the Rush’s shift was appreciated by Dallas Cowboys Head Coach Mike McCarthy.

“He had a nice quarter and a half of work,” said McCarthy via the team’s website. The coach though said that no final decision has been regarding the matter. “We have one more week, and we’re going to need it,” he added.

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OXNARD, CA – AUGUST 03: Quarterback Dak Prescott #4 of the Dallas Cowboys participates in drills during practice at River Ridge Complex on August 3, 2021 in Oxnard, California. (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images)

The Cowboys are clearly concerned about the condition of Prescott. Fresh off an injury, the team knows they can take no chances. While last season they had veteran in Andy Dalton to take over, the Cowboys’ options for QB2 are slim.

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Shivayan Roy

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Shivayan Roy is currently an NFL writer at EssentiallySports. After completing his Masters Diploma in Journalism from the Asian College of Journalism, Roy functioned as a reporter for Goal.com and extensively covered the FIFA U-17 World Cup.

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