The Dallas Cowboys 2022-23 NFL season got off to a horrendous start, losing to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 19-3. Adding insult to injury, the Cowboys also lost starting quarterback Dak Prescott to injury and will miss multiple games.

The two-time Pro Bowl champion will require surgery, leaving Dallas in a situation where they will have to turn to Cooper Rush and Will Grier for play-calling duties, CBS Sports reported.

Rush replaced Cooper in the final six minutes of Sunday’s game. For now, it appears the 28-year-old play-caller will be the interim starting quarterback for Dallas. Will Grier will also be around to provide Rush and the Cowboys backup quarterbacking help.

For Rush, the situation is nothing new. In 2021, he started in a single game. This was a Week 8 Monday night win over the Minnesota Vikings. Prescott was recuperating from a calf injury at this time.

Also, Rush has spent the past five years with the Cowboys, only once appearing in more than two games during a season. He saw limited action last NFL season, going 30 of 47 for 422 yards, three touchdowns and one interception (105.1 passer rating) in five games, including the start against Minnesota.

On Sunday, his performance was not that impressive. He came off the bench, going 7 of 13 for 64 yards while trailing by 16, albeit with a makeshift injury-riddled supporting cast.

As for Grier, this development would give him a break to be elevated from the practice squad. He was on the inactive roster of the Cowboys in 2021 and also did not play a single game in 2020 when he was still with the Carolina Panthers.

Depending on the extent of Prescott’s injury, there is also a possibility that Dallas may consider external options. Among the names that could make sense include Ben DiNucci, a free agent that the Cowboys released during final cuts after two years on and off the practice squad.

Beyond that, there is also Cam Newton, Mike Glennon, and Josh Johnson who could fill the quarterback void of the Dallas Cowboys.

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ARLINGTON, TX - SEPTEMBER 11: Dak Prescott #4 of the Dallas Cowboys walks off the field after losing to the New York Giants 20-19 at AT&T Stadium on September 11, 2016 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images) Tom Pennington/Getty Images

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