Dallas Cowboys coach Mike McCarthy says Doug Prescott will be starting QB upon his return

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FRISCO, Texas — For Dallas Cowboys coach Mike McCarthy, there will be no quarterback confusion.

Owner and general manager Jerry Jones said Thursday he hopes Cooper Rush plays well enough for the Cowboys to make a decision when Dak Prescott returns from right thumb surgery.

“I’m trying to say this with a straight face,” McCarthy said. “Like anything, you look at the whole thing, it’s all about winning. That’s all we really care about. There’s no quarterback controversy … Doc is our starter.”

McCarthy playfully chided the media for reacting to Jones’ comments.

“We think you have to have a big responsibility in that. I think you have to understand that between GM Jerry and Jerry the owner,” McCarthy said. “He can do that as well as mid-sentence. I think you all need to get better at it. Get to work.”

McCarthy admits it took a while for GM Jerry and owner Jerry to come to an understanding.

“You know the pandemic has definitely, um, covered up a lot of opportunities,” McCarthy said.

Prescott went on the field rehabbing for the second straight day, but still has a splint protecting his thumb. While the Rush will make its second straight start on Monday against the New York Giants, Jones didn’t rule out the possibility of Prescott returning in October. 2 against the Washington generals.

For that to happen, Prescott had to have a perfect grip on the football, but Jones said on multiple occasions that he didn’t have to worry about re-fracture of the thumb because of the plate inserted into the joint.

Linebacker Micah Parsons missed his second straight practice with an illness, but is expected to play against the Giants. The statuses of wide receiver Michael Gallup (knee), tight end Dalton Schultz (knee) and offensive tackle Jason Peters are still up in the air.

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