Nov 1, 2020; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA; Dallas Cowboys head coach Mike McCarthy during the first quarter against the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports

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Reports: Cowboys will start Gilbert at QB

Garrett Gilbert will start at quarterback for the Dallas Cowboys when they host the unbeaten Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday, according to multiple reports.

Dallas coach Mike McCarthy has yet to announce a starter, but Gilbert has taken the majority of the first-team snaps in practice this week over Cooper Rush, Sports Illustrated reported. NFL Network reported the Steelers are preparing for Gilbert to start.

Gilbert was active as the No. 2 quarterback against the Eagles. Rush has been in the system longer and specifically worked with offensive coordinator Kellen Moore as Prescott’s backup from 2017-19.

Gilbert, 29, has attempted only six passes since being drafted by the then-St. Louis Rams in the sixth round in 2014. He was signed by the Cowboys off the Cleveland Browns practice squad on Oct. 12.

Rush, 26, attempted three passes for the Cowboys in 2017.

“(Gilbert’s) played a lot of quarterback,” McCarthy told reporters Friday. “This guy grew up as a quarterback. His father (Gale) was a quarterback. I mean, he knows how to play the position. There’s no lack for confidence or know-how.”

When the Cowboys (2-6) host the Steelers (7-0) on Sunday in Arlington, Texas, either Gilbert or Rush will become the team’s fourth starting quarterback in the last five weeks.

Dak Prescott sustained a season-ending ankle injury in Week 5. Andy Dalton suffered a concussion in Week 7 and tested positive for COVID-19 this week. Rookie Ben DiNucci started Sunday night’s 23-9 loss in Philadelphia and struggled, completing 21 of 40 passes for 180 yards with four sacks and two lost fumbles.

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