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Jerry Jones would welcome Dallas Cowboys QB controversy because it would mean Cooper Rush is winning

FRISCO, Texas — Owner and CEO Jerry Jones wants Cooper Rush to make life difficult for the Dallas Cowboys.

He wants Rush, the backup quarterback, to play so well that there would be controversy over whether Dak Prescott would take the starting role once he is healthy enough to play after undergoing surgery on his right thumb last week. .

“Of course I would. Of course. That means we would have won,” Jones said. “If he comes in there and plays like Prescott, Rush? Has he played that well in the next few games? I’d walk to New York to get that.”

As Jones spoke, thoughts of 2016 came to mind. Prescott was a rookie in the fourth round that year, replacing an injured Tony Romo, who hurt his back in a preseason game. After losing the season opener that year, the Cowboys won a franchise record 11 consecutive games and Romo never regained his starting position. Can Rush do that?

“Well, I don’t know,” Jones said. “You can’t find on the record where I said I thought Dak Prescott could do it when he came in and got the chance to do that. But he did.”

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Rush will make his second consecutive start against the New York Giants on Monday and only the third of his career. The Cowboys have won both Rush starts in the closing minutes, including winning a 50-yard field goal to beat the Cincinnati Bengals 20-17 last week.

There is one flaw in Jones’ thought process. Unlike Romo’s injury when the Cowboys knew he would miss a few months, Jones believes there’s a chance Prescott will return against the Washington Commanders on October 2.

“Well, of course we want Dak to be here next week,” Jones said. “That’s the thing. You do. But Dak and I want Rush to lead the team here to a win and get another win and another win. That’s the only way to look at it. Looking back when Dak played instead from Tony, it was game by game. It wasn’t the long look we had after two months to look back. It was basically game by game, almost series by series. So I think it’s possible for Rush to get in here to come and play at a level to win games like Prescott did when he took over from Romo? Yes, I do. Yes, I do. I definitely think it’s possible.”

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Prescott has yet to have the stitches removed from his thumb. He underwent rehabilitation and conditioning work during Thursday’s portion of training that was open to the media.

In the immediate aftermath of the loss of the season opening to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, sources said Prescott would be missing 6-8 weeks, but the club received favorable news from the surgeon that it could be a four-week absence if not sooner. .

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“I’ll tell you it won’t be because someone is worried about getting hurt.” [again]said Jones. “If we’re worried… [it’s] because of his grasp and the strength in his grasp. But is it possible for him to play in four weeks and sleep at night with him hurt or not hurt, the answer is yes.”

But back to the possibility that Rush is more than a caretaker. When asked about outside stories that Prescott should study Rush’s tape, Ezekiel grinned Elliott.

“They’re just real people on TV to click, to get views, they’re going to say the most outrageous things and you’re going to get the most attention. That’s their job. Who knows if they really believe it?”

But what if Jones says he hopes to face a “dilemma” when Prescott is healthy?

“He wants you all to lick him and listen to him,” Elliott laughed. “It’s all marketing, man. It’s all marketing.”

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