The Dallas Cowboys are changing midfield positions starting again, with coach Mike McCarthy saying Garrett Gilbert or Cooper Rush will kick center on Sunday against Pittsburgh Steelers.
“For the opponent we are playing, we need more experience,” McCarthy said on Wednesday.
McCarthy said he hopes to be able to make a quick decision.
Cowboys started rookie Ben DiNucci in the Week 8 defeat to the Philadelphia Eagles. He completed 21 out of 40 passes within 180 yards, got fired four times and lost two fumbles, including a pass returned for a touch.
Gilbert was the No. 2 midfielder against Eagles, and Cowboys added Rush to their training squad last week. Rush has completed the COVID-19 protocol.
Gilbert has been able to train in just two weeks since being signed to the Cleveland Browns training team. He has completed 2 of six 40-yard passes in six appearances in his career with the Carolina Panthers and Browns.
Rush used to be a reserve for Dak Prescott from 2017 to 2019 but is only considered to be an act of clearing the deck, completing 1 of 3 2-yard passes. He was released the season after the Cowboys drafted DiNucci. Rush was with the New York Giants and was joining their practice team until September 29.
Rush is the person most familiar with Cowboys’ attacks, and attack coordinator Kellen Moore and midfield coach Doug Nussmeier are the people most familiar with him.
Andy Dalton was put on the bench / COVID-19 on Tuesday, knocking him out of Sunday’s match against the Steelers, according to multiple sources. Dalton did not play against Eagles after being concussed against Washington last week.
A source told ESPN’s Ed Werder that there were no positive COVID-19 test results among the Cowboys on Wednesday.
Information from ESPN’s Todd Archer has been used in this report.