Cooper Rush took all first-string reps in team drills this week

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It’s looking more and more as if Cooper Rush will be playing for the Cowboys on Sunday night, despite the best efforts of owner Jerry Jones to create the impression that starter Dak Prescott will play.

Via Michael Gehlken of the Dallas Morning News, Rush said Friday that he took all first-string reps in team drills on Wednesday and Thursday. Starter Dak Prescott, who has a calf injury, took the first-string reps in walk-through practices.

It’s not a surprise, and it helps explain the point-spread swing that, as of this posting, has the Vikings as three-point favorites via the PointsBet sportsbook.

The Cowboys would be wise to let Prescott heal. The chances of the Cowboys getting the No. 1 seed are slim; the Packers and Cardinals are 7-1, and the Rams and Buccaneers are 6-1. It’s far more likely that the Cowboys are locked in as the No. 4 seed as the eventual NFC East champions. It makes much more sense to ensure that Prescott is at 100 percent when the postseason rolls around.

That means giving him plenty of time to rest and heal, so that he’s truly 100 percent when it’s time to enter the single-elimination round in January.

Of course, that won’t stop master salesman from doing all he can to draw a massive audience under the impression that Prescott will play. Then, once everyone has settled into their seats, we’ll learn that the part of Dak Prescott will be played by Cooper Rush.

16 responses to “Cooper Rush took all first-string reps in team drills this week

  1. I would think being limited would exclude anyone from taking extended first string reps, but I’m not knowledgeable in the least of practice protocol.

  2. There is still a lot of games left in the season so how are the Cowboys chances slim of getting the #1 Seed? They still have Arizona on the schedule in December and the Rams, Bucs, and Packers aren’t going to win out in their schedules

  3. Should be neat seeing a CMU QB starting in the NFL. I was doing security at CMU games when Rush was a star there.

  4. No player is 100 percent at the end of the year. And the cowboys currently have 1 loss . Same as the top teams.
    Don’t count our the cowboys

  5. No player is 100 percent at the end of the year. And the cowboys currently have 1 loss . Same as the top teams.
    Don’t count out the cowboys

  6. I don’t think I’ve ever seen anything more premature than declaring that a 1 loss team is “much more likely” to be “locked in” to the #4 seed. Not just not #1 (fair), but #4? Not to mention that the NFC East is weak, which means Dallas will have an easier late-season road while some of the other current 1 loss teams are fighting it out in tougher divisions.

  7. Brady had played the entirety of last season with a torn MCL in his left knee, yet Dak can’t play with a sore calf……That’s the difference between a Super Star and a Wanna Be.

  8. Even if Dak sits, the Cowboys will still win. Zimmer is a terrible coach and we all know what Kirk Cousins is.

  9. It’s a bit presumptive to say the Cowboy’s are slim favorites to be a #1 seed isn’t it? and that their best probability is #4?

    That being said Dak should sit if not healthy, this one game is far less important in total count than the 9 left afterwards and I’m not totally convinced the Vikings automatically win if Dak doesn’t play

  10. I agree with a few people here. The idea that Cowboys are locked at 4 is ridiculous. Two of the top teams in the NFC play in the same division and of the top teams Dallas has the easiest division. Someone’s bias is showing.

  11. If the Vikes don’t win by 20 they’re the fraud we thought they were. Watch them squeak out a win then hear their fan brag how they took out a 1-loss team.

  12. When it first came out that Dak might not play the Vegas lines took a big swing. I wonder what the impact is to gambling of dangling “Dac might play” out there. It seems like there is a lot of money in play around this. There is no real reason for Dallas to play coy. There is no tape on Rush to check out so the Vikes would have to prepare for Dac and/or the standard Dallas offense anyway. So there must be a reason………

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