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Cooper Rush’s Return a Sign for Andy Dalton’s Absence on Sunday

's status for this week's game against the has been in question all week following his concussion last week in Washington. Yesterday, the brought back last year's backup QB and it's a pretty strong sign that Dalton will be absent this Sunday.

Dalton left in the 3rd Quarter last Sunday with a concussion following a dirty hit from Washington Jon Bostic. He has remained in the concussion protocol through yesterday and missed all practices.

Of course, Andy's a veteran and would likely be trusted to play even on no practice if he gets medical clearance. But bringing Cooper Rush back to Dallas is telling of the team's optimism, or lack thereof, for that to happen.

This isn't to say that Rush will be sliding in at the top of the . You would expect rookie to get his first career start this Sunday if Dalton doesn't play.

This move feels more about what happens if DiNucci now gets injured, or just has significant struggles. The Cowboys' only other QB right now is journeyman who they just signed two weeks ago.

If a QB change is required on Sunday, Dallas may feel like Cooper Rush's familiarity with the system gives them a better chance at success.

Cooper Rush
Dallas Cowboys QB Cooper Rush

Cooper Rush spent 2017-2019 as the primary backup to . He ascended to the job midway through his rookie season, taking it from now- .

This the Cowboys could have retained Rush on a modest deal as a , but instead looked for more experienced depth in Andy Dalton. The strategy made sense given the team's aspirations at the time, but we're in a much different place now in terms of goals and expectations for 2020.

Still, the East is highly winnable as potentially the worst division in NFL . Even with just a their third win of the season, the Cowboys could retake the lead with a victory this Sunday over the Eagles (Washington is on bye).

All of that aside, part of me wonders if this isn't also about some Cowboys decision-makers still wondering what they had in Cooper Rush. He never got a chance to play in a real game thanks to Prescott's durability.

Rush took the backup job in 2017 thanks to a dazzling display in the . That regressed somewhat in 2018 but he looked very capable again last year.

still thought enough of Rush to snatch him up in New York this offseason but he was released from the Giants' a few weeks ago.

Clearly, Rush is still on someone's radar with the Cowboys. It could be as simple as trying to cover bases in the wake of Andy Dalton's injury and potential issues, but perhaps there's a little more to it given Cooper's history with the team.

Where Cooper Rush falls on the depth chart in the coming weeks, if he's active at all, will really tell us what the Cowboys are thinking.

Jess Haynie
Jess Haynie
Cowboys fan since 1992, blogger since 2011. Bringing you the objectivity of an outside perspective with the passion of a die-hard fan. I love to talk to my readers, so please comment on any article and I'll be sure to respond!

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