Dak Prescott and Cooper Rush Oct 10, 2021; Arlington, Texas, USA; Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott (4) warms up prior to the game against the New York Giants as Cowboys quarterback Cooper Rush (10) looks on at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

Just 24 hours before the Dallas Cowboys kick off their 2022 NFL season on Sunday Night Football, the team announced that have elevated a quarterback from their practice squad. To no one’s surprise, it’s Cooper Rush.

Rush was Dak Prescott‘s backup last year and stepped in during the regular season to help defeat the Minnesota Vikings.

A few weeks ago, the Cowboys surprisedly cut Rush off of their 53-man roster and put him on the practice team. It was notable since Rush played their entire preseason while Prescott watched from the sidelines.

Signing Rush is critical because the Cowboys didn’t have a backup on the team behind Prescott. That’s also why it was strange that the team cut him in the first place.

The 28-year-old has been with the team since 2017, knows the system well, and has handled himself like a veteran when he’s been needed.

Rush could have signed with another team, so the Cowboys are lucky that he decided to stay in Big D and continue to back up Prescott. Reports came out earlier in the week that the team got a scare when it looked like Prescott was injured during practice, making the need for a second option all the more critical.


About Stacey Mickles

Stacey is a 1995 graduate of the University of Alabama who has previously worked for other publications such as Sportskeeda and Saturday Down South.