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All is not well in Dallas right now, as the Cowboys have to look forward. to the next 6-8 weeks without Dak Prescott under center.
Stephen Jones, Cowboys vice president and son of owner Jerry Jones, understands that all options need to be put on the table right now. with Prescott out. For Week 2 at least, he’ll have to be Cooper Rush’s backup, but after that, who knows?
“Obviously it’s an early Monday. We’ll certainly look at all the options,” Jones told Audacy. 105.3 The fan in Dallas. “But certainly Cooper stepped in and did a good job for us last year when Dak had to sit out a game. He knows the system; [third string] Will Grier knows the system. We just have to go out there and execute and play well. We certainly didn’t do it to the standard we need.”
Before Prescott’s injury, the Cowboys couldn’t move the ball against tampa bay buccaneersscoring just three points in their home stadium en route to an embarrassing loss made even worse when Prescott suffered a broken thumb requiring surgery.
“You’re watching the game like we are,” Jones said of watching the injury. “Your eyes are always on your quarterback and you knew right away when he threw the ball that you could see by the way he made a face and what he did to his hand that something was going on there. Ultimately, when he came out , Dak doesn’t.” walk out of a game unless it’s something real.
Jones added that he and the rest of the team are confident that Prescott will return sometime this season, though “we just don’t know that timeframe at this point.”
But injury has been something Prescott has had to deal with recently, as his 2020 season ended in Week 5 after suffering a terrible ankle injury against the New York Giants.
“I think the Dak is built to last,” Jones said. Those hand injuries with quarterbacks in the pockets are tough. I don’t think he’s prone to injury. I feel like he will bounce back from this.”
In the meantime, the Cowboys need to keep their season afloat. His performance on Sunday Night made it clear that all is not well, at least offensively. Can Rush help the Cowboys win games? Or will it be like the 2020 season when the Cowboys were 4-7 after Prescott dropped?
“I think we’re going to get better as a football team, for sure,” Jones said. “We believe in this team. They’ve worked hard in minicamp and during training camp. Certainly that’s an unacceptable way we play, but I have every confidence this team is going to put it together.”
“We have to go to work, cut firewood, execute better.”
Prescott’s injury occurred while he was throwing, when he hit Bucs linebacker Shaquil Barrett’s hand at follow-up.
That would end Prescott’s night when he threw for 134 yards and no touchdowns with an interception. He had a 48.3 completion percentage on the night.