Cooper Rush returns to Cowboys as backup QB to Dak Prescott

Cooper Rush returns to Cowboys as backup QB to Dak Prescott

DALLAS – Cooper Rush will be the Dallas Cowboys quarterback, but coach Mike McCarthy doesn’t expect to use the quarterback behind starter Dak Prescott next season.

McCarthy noted that Rush has shown throughout the preseason that he can move offensively.

Rush, like Will Greer, were released Tuesday before the deadline for the 32 teams to register the 53 active roster players with whom they will start the regular schedule.

Rush and Greer’s release was only part of an administrative process, as all released players must spend at least 24 hours off before signing a new contract with the team that released them to return, even for the practice squad, which both quarterbacks were included on Wednesday.

Rush will be activated on the Cowboys’ regular season opener on Sunday night Sept. 11 against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, while Greer is expected to remain on the practice squad, from where he can be promoted to the roster. . active, depending on the needs of the team and according to the new collective agreement between the league and the NFL Players Association, recalled McCarthy.

In addition to Greer and Rush, the Cowboys officially announced 14 other players for the practice squad, including Mexican offensive lineman Isaac Alarcon, who is entering his third season with the organization as an international player, a tag which gives it an exception in the list. .

The practice squad’s big surprise is veteran defensive end Carlos Watkins, who has five years of NFL experience, the first four with the Houston Texans and the last with the Cowboys, for whom he started 14 games.

Alarcón and tackle Aviante Collins were the only two players announced Wednesday on the practice squad, which also includes running back Malik Davis; receivers Dontario Drummond and Brandon Smith; defensive tackle Mike Tafua; safeties Tyler Coyle and Juanyeh Thomas; linebacker Malik Jefferson and center Alec Lindstrom; tight end Sean McKeon and kicker Brett Maher.

There’s optimism in Dallas about Gallup

Wide receiver Michael Gallup was on the practice field, albeit separated from the rest of his teammates, for the first time since the last playoffs when he injured his right knee late in the regular season.

McCarthy said Gallup had a “great day” and was on schedule for rehab. The Cowboys hope the receiver will be ready to play in the first month of the regular season, although that is highly unlikely against the Buccaneers.


– Alarcón trained with the rest of the Cowboys after signing his contract as a practice squad player.

– McCarthy has confirmed that Noah Brown will start the season as the No. 2 starting receiver in the face of Gallup’s injury.

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