TThe Dallas Cowboys decided to kick quarterback Duck Prescott out of the game in Minnesota due to right calf strain and give Cooper Rush his first career start.
Prescott was placed on the inactive Sunday night after being listed as questionable Vikings. He was injured on 17 October during a touchdown pass to beat New England in overtime. Two full weeks, including the team’s goodbye to heal and rest from the injury, was not enough to clear up.
Prescott went through his usual pre-match routine on the lawn at US Bank Stadium more than two hours before the game with Britt Brown, the team’s director of rehabilitation. He showed no clear signs of limitation, but the Cowboys’ message throughout the week was a warning against the soft tissue problem persisting.
Following Prescott’s defeat to a broken and sprained right ankle in Game 5 of the 2020 season, the Cowboys are determined to avoid another extended absence. Prescott became the first player in Cowboys history to play four straight games with three or more touchdown assists against the Patriots.
Rush, 27, joined the Cowboys in 2017 as an undisclosed project from Central Michigan. He played in six regular season games as a stripper. He made just three passes, all in a rookie year.
Also inactive for the Cowboys were four substitutes: wide receiver Simi Fehoko, attacking lineman Matt Farniok, defender Azur Kamara and defender Israel Mukuamu.
For Vikings, defensive tackle Michael Pearce (elbow) was the only player on the starting list. Also absent were defender Dede Westbrook (ankle), defender Patrick Jones II (knee), defender Wyatt Davis, midfielder Chazz Sarratt and quarterback Kellen Mond.