Updated: Nov 5, 2020
According to Todd Archer of ESPN, the Cowboys will be without quarterback Andy Dalton for a second straight game but not because of the concussion he sustained two weeks ago against Washington. Dalton will be placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list on Tuesday, which will make him inactive for Sunday’s game against the Steelers.
Mike Tomlin said earlier today during his weekly press conference that they were preparing for Dalton, but that obviously changes now with the most recent reports. Initially, many assumed that Ben DiNucci would get the start with Dalton out. But with DiNucci struggling in his first career start against the Eagles, the Cowboys will go with another option at quarterback to play against the Steelers.
According to Tom Pelissero and Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network, the Cowboys plan to give Cooper Rush and Garrett Gilbert reps in practice and pick one of them at the end of the week to start at quarterback against the Steelers.
Rush went undrafted out of Central Michigan in 2017 and signed with the Cowboys. He has played 15 snaps in five career games with Dallas, completing 1 of 3 passes for 2 yards. Gilbert was drafted out of SMU in the sixth round by the Rams in 2014. Gilbert has played 18 snaps in his career and has completed 2 of 6 passes for 33 yards. Gilbert has played for numerous teams in his career; Rams (2014), Patriots (2014-2015), Lions (2015), Raiders (2015-2016), Panthers (2017-2018), Orlando Apollos of the now-defunct AAF (2019), Browns (2019) and Cowboys (2020-present).