Ben DiNucci or Cooper Rush? This is the choice the Cowboys face. This is how bad their season has gotten.
After missing Sunday’s game against the Eagles with a concussion, Andy Dalton will miss at least one more game after being placed Tuesday on the reserve/COVID-19 list, leaving Dallas to start either rookie DiNucci or the undrafted Rush at quarterback against the undefeated Steelers this weekend.
The Cowboys are seriously considering giving Rush, 26, the first start of his career after watching DiNucci badly struggle in a 23-9 loss to the Eagles, according to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport.
Though Rush has only thrown three career passes — coming with the Cowboys in 2017 — owner Jerry Jones may be open to any alternative to DiNucci, the seventh-round pick out of James Madison, who completed 21-of-40 passes for 180 yards in his first career start, while losing two fumbles and failing to lead Dallas into the end zone.
“I think it was a lot for him. I think we certainly, as a team, paid the price to have him come in under those circumstances, and that’s almost trite,” Jones said on 105.3 The Fan. “It was, frankly, more than he could handle.”
Rush, who starred at Central Michigan, had been with the Cowboys from 2017-19, before being replaced on the roster by Dalton, the longtime Bengals starter, who briefly took over after Dak Prescott’s season-ending ankle injury.
It is unclear how long Dalton will be sidelined and he is currently self-quarantining. The Cowboys have not found any other positive cases on the team.