Cowboys preparing for Cooper Rush to start against Eagles; Dak Prescott in the rehabilitation phase

FRISCO — At this point, it looks like Cooper Rush will be making his fifth straight start for the Cowboys at quarterback.

Coach Mike McCarthy confirmed Wednesday morning that the Cowboys are gearing up for Rush to start against the Eagles on Sunday night with Dak Prescott with a fractured thumb.

McCarthy said he considers Prescott to be in the rehab/medical phase of his recovery and that for the first time since being injured on 9/11 he will be throwing passes lightly.

“Dak Prescott will be in the rehab group to start [practice]”, McCarthy said. “Then he will go to quarterback school and he will do some light throwing at the end of practice.

Since taking over from Prescott, Rush has led the Cowboys to four straight wins. He’s thrown for 839 yards, four touchdowns and no interceptions so far this season.

Rush probably has his biggest game yet against the unbeaten Eagles (5-0) on Sunday.

“I have enormous faith in Cooper Rush,” McCarthy said. “The biggest goal for Cooper is to stick to the plan. I think that’s one of his big strengths. We’re not going to ask him to go out there and throw it 60 times a game and that sort of thing. He’s very, very intelligent, instinctive, aware and [the Eagles’] the defense is playing at a high level, so there are definitely some schematic challenges, especially on first down and second down. So we have to be above that and the [pass rush] the pressure is up compared to some teams we have faced in the past, so we have to be above that.

As for Prescott, McCarthy said the starter won’t work in any team drills, but will throw to his receivers. For the past few weeks, Prescott has worn a splint on his right thumb, but McCarthy said that won’t be the case during Wednesday’s sessions.

“Honestly, I just want to see him pitch today,” McCarthy said. “That’s where my head is.”

It’s undetermined if Prescott will be active Sunday night as Rush’s backup. The goal for now is to get Prescott cleared to play in a game.

Additionally, star passers Micah Parsons (groin) and DeMarcus Lawrence (ribs) will be limited in practice Wednesday.

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