Cowboys’ Jerry Jones suggests Cooper could steal rush Dak Prescott’s job, hints at Tony Romo exit

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Jerry Jones has been optimistic about Dak Prescott’s return from injury since the quarterback fractured his thumb in the Cowboys’ season-opening loss to the Buccaneers. But that doesn’t mean the obvious team owner is committing to Prescott as Dallas’ starter through 2022. Discussing the backup Cooper rush prior to Week 3 against the Giants, Jones told reporters Thursday that he welcomes the QB controversy. The situation was when Prescott replaced Tony Romo several years ago.

“Of course I want it,” Jones said. For athletics, when asked about the potential dilemma of the rush building speed as Prescott’s replacement. “If (Rush) comes out there and plays like Prescott did… these next few games, I’m going to walk to New York. But Doc and I want Rush to win and get another win. Looking back, when Doc replaces Donnie, It was game on.

“So, do I think it’s possible for Rush to come in here and play at a level and win games like Prescott did when he took over for Romo?” Jones continued. “Yes I do. Yes I do. Of course I think it’s possible.”

Pressed to clarify whether he believes Rush will replace Prescott even after Prescott is healthy, Jones once again referenced Romo and doubled down on his play: “Unbelievable, obviously, Prescott can play well (years before) Romo was out of the game.”

All signs point to Prescott, a consensus Pro Bowl-caliber starter, Approaching the return to the field, Cowboys CEO Stephen Jones recently hinted at a potential Week 3 or Week 4 return. The veteran is just one year removed from signing a four-year, $160 million extension with Dallas that would keep him in his position as one of the game’s highest-paid players.

Rush, meanwhile, made his second career start in place of Prescott’s injury. After leading Dallas to a primetime win over the Vikings in 2021, he helped the Cowboys upset the Bengals in Week 2.

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