Cowboys reserve quarterbacks: Who replaces Dak Prescott while star is sidelined?

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The Dallas Cowboys are now without Dak Prescott for several weeks, leaving a glaring hole at quarterback for the second time in two seasons.

Prescott missed most of the 2020 season with a horrific ankle injury and was sidelined from training camp last season with a shoulder problem. Now the The Cowboys face several more weeks without their starting quarterback who led them to the playoffs last season.

Dallas doesn’t have the best options behind him, but the substitutes currently on the Cowboys’ roster have some experience.

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Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott, #4, bats his hand off Tampa Bay Buccaneers linebacker Shaquil Barrett, #58, as he throws during the fourth quarter at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, September 11, 2022.

Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott, #4, bats his hand off Tampa Bay Buccaneers linebacker Shaquil Barrett, #58, as he throws during the fourth quarter at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, September 11, 2022.
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Cooper Rush was QB2 to start the regular season and entered the game for Prescott when the quarterback went down. Against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Rush was 7 for 13 with 64 passing yards and two sacks.

Rush is in his fifth season with the Cowboys after signing as an undrafted free agent from Central Michigan. He started a game last season and helped the Cowboys defeat the Minnesota Vikings. Rush was 24 for 40 with 325 passing yards, two touchdowns and one interception.

He had 422 passing yards and three touchdowns in the five appearances he made.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers #45 Devin White tackles Dallas Cowboys #10 Cooper Rush during the second half at AT& Stadium on September 11, 2022 in Arlington, Texas.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers #45 Devin White tackles Dallas Cowboys #10 Cooper Rush during the second half at AT& Stadium on September 11, 2022 in Arlington, Texas.
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Will Grier is hanging out on the Cowboys’ practice squad and will likely be promoted to the main roster once Prescott is on injury reserve.

The former Carolina Panthers third-round pick joined the Cowboys earlier this year, was cut and re-signed over the summer. His only playing time came in 2019 when he played and started two games, throwing for 228 yards and four interceptions. He has no touchdown.

Dallas Cowboys quarterback Will Grier, #15, looks for an open receiver during the game between the Dallas Cowboys and Seattle Seahawks on August 26, 2022 at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas.

Dallas Cowboys quarterback Will Grier, #15, looks for an open receiver during the game between the Dallas Cowboys and Seattle Seahawks on August 26, 2022 at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas.
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A potential swap for Jimmy Garoppolo was a topic of discussion on Twitter.

The San Francisco 49ers quarterback was relegated to backup behind Trey Lance early in the season, but agreed to a restructured deal that gave him a no-trade clause. He will become a free agent at the end of the season.

Trading for Garoppolo would be a risky move as he is a proven starter in the league and the team wouldn’t necessarily want to obscure his own starting quarterback position if he did well and took the team far in this hypothetical scenario.

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It’s unclear when Prescott will return, but he will be missed.

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