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Dallas Cowboys coach Mike McCarthy says Dak Prescott will start QB when he returns


FRISCO, Texas — For Dallas Cowboys coach Mike McCarthy, there won’t be a quarterback dilemma.

On Thursday, owner and general manager Jerry Jones said he hopes Cooper Rush performs so well that the Cowboys may have a decision to make once Dak Prescott is healthy enough to return from right thumb surgery.

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

McCarthy playfully chastised the media for the reaction to Jones’ comments.

“We think you need to have a bigger responsibility in that regard. I think you need to be able to read between general manager Jerry and owner Jerry,” McCarthy said. “He can do it mid-sentence too. I think you all need to do a better job. Get to work.”

McCarthy acknowledged that it took him a while to work out between general manager Jerry and owner Jerry.

“You know the pandemic has definitely, uh, camouflaged a lot of the opportunity,” McCarthy said.

Rush said he and Prescott “had a good laugh” over the comments.

“I think he just wants to win games and that’s what we all want to do,” Rush said of Jones.

Rush said he “definitely doesn’t dream as big as Jerry. No, but I just want to keep winning. That’s the goal. That’s the plan. As long as I’m in this, that’s my job. To rely on those guys for defense and our offensive line and our receivers and play in the system and trust them and do the job.”

Prescott went to rehab on the field for the second straight day, but he still has a splint protecting his thumb. While Rush will make his second straight start Monday against the New York Giants, Jones hasn’t ruled out the possibility of Prescott returning Oct. 2 against the Washington Commanders.

For that to happen, Prescott would need to have a good grip on the ball, but Jones has said on numerous occasions that there will be no concerns about another possible thumb break from the plate that has been inserted at the joint.

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

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