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Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott is expected to miss six to eight weeks after requiring surgery on his right thumb, according to ESPN NFL Nation reporter Todd Archer (via ESPN’s adam schefter), leaving Cooper Rush as the current starting option for the team.
But the Cowboys could explore other options in that position, as ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler reported on Monday. sports center:
“There aren’t many options here but after asking around I expect the Cowboys to at least explore them. They like Rush but if they can find a clear upgrade , they’ll at least benefit. Now Jimmy Garoppolo has to be the No. 1 option because he’s been there. And I’m told that when the 49ers made the reworked deal with Garoppolo, they got him. made knowing that he can waive that no-trade clause if they find a league-wide situation that benefits him and can earn them a draft pick. It’s a perfect situation that they would be looking for. , so that may be an option. Pittsburgh Steelers too. Mason Rudolph is there. He’s the third string, but he did well in the preseason, 5-4-1 as a starter. He So has a pedigree, a third-round pick. And James Washington, a wide receiver in Dallas who is expected to return soon, played with him at Oklahoma State. when they logged on for all those touchdowns. So these are two guys I’m looking for.
The Cowboys know what life is like without Prescott. When he suffered a compound fracture and dislocation of his right ankle in the 2020 season, the Cowboys went just 4-7 without him and finished 6-10 this season, missing the playoffs.
Prescott won’t be sidelined for the rest of the 2022 season, by all accounts, but a poor record of his absences could dig the Cowboys into a hole they can’t escape. Their three NFC East rivals opened the season with a win, while the Cowboys began their campaign with a 19-3 loss to Tom Brady’s Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
The calendar isn’t about to get any easier. Ahead of the team’s Week 9 farewell, Dallas will face the defending AFC champion Cincinnati Bengals at home, followed by the New York Giants (road), Washington Commanders (home), defending champion Los Angeles Rams (road), Philadelphia Eagles (road), Detroit Lions (home) and Chicago Bears (home).
Two games against Super Bowl teams and three divisional games are a tall order for Rush, who has started exactly one NFL game in his career and thrown for 488 yards, three touchdowns and one pick.
“Just go do your job,” Rush told reporters after Sunday’s loss. “Just executing. It’s the same plays, it’s the same other guys, we still have everyone. I trust these guys, they trust me, they all get together as a group, make plays and execute.”
The question is whether the Cowboys can afford to take a chance on Rush, especially when a player like Garoppolo or Rudolph would offer a lot more experience.
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Garoppolo is clearly the best quarterback potentially on the market, relegated to a backup role on the San Francisco 49ers behind Trey Lance. His name was a constant source of trade rumors over the summer, although no deal materialized and he reworked his deal with the Niners returning for the 2022 season.
The 30-year-old is 33-14 in his career as a starter and has led San Francisco to two playoff berths the past three seasons. While he would still be a downgrade from Prescott, he would be a pretty clear upgrade over Rush and help stabilize what could be an otherwise tumultuous time for Dallas.
However, the Niners will also be aware of this and will demand a high price for his services. The Cowboys will have to weigh whether such a price is worth the six to eight games he is being asked to start.
The price they could pay for not moving could end up being much more expensive.