ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Cooper Sprint’s days because the backup to Dak Prescott in Dallas would possibly presumably no longer be over.
Sprint ended two prolonged drives with touchdown passes while the megastar quarterback watched once again in the Cowboys’ 20-14 preseason loss to the Houston Texans on Saturday night.
Prescott’s third straight exhibition absence contrivance his first snap in a game since the excessive ankle injury that ended his 2020 season will be in the opener Sept. 9 against Tom Brady and Neat Bowl champion Tampa Bay.
The 2016 NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year pulled himself out of observe July 28 with a strained comely shoulder and hasn’t had a fleshy day of throwing since then. Prescott won’t play in the preseason finale against Jacksonville subsequent Sunday.
Now now not mighty changed at quarterback on a mostly ineffective night for the Houston offense with Deshaun Watson soundless out of the represent.
The Texans grew to develop into the game with their defense, getting even at 14-14 in the third quarter on Lonnie Johnson’s 54-yard interception return for a touchdown on a tipped bound from fourth-stringer Ben DiNucci, who threw three picks. Ka’imi Fairbairn kicked the decisive 38-yard discipline intention early in the fourth quarter.
Tyrod Taylor led a brief TD pressure after a Dallas turnover in minute action for the presumed starter if Watson doesn’t play.
Rookie third-spherical snatch Davis Mills struggled in the first half of, when the Texans had correct 77 yards and went 0 for 6 on third down. The Texans (2-0) failed on all nine third-down makes an try with Taylor and Mills.
“We desire to be more constant,” coach David Culley stated. “It gave the impression love tonight we bought a number of more blitzes than we bought in the first game. I think it disrupted us somewhat bit. We’ll enhance at that.”
Things will seemingly be changing at QB for the Cowboys.
Sprint, Prescott’s backup for most of three seasons from 2017-19 before becoming expendable after the club signed Andy Dalton final year, is giving the coaching crew something to think about with one week to bound in training camp.
Garrett Gilbert has taken almost all the first-crew snaps in camp with Prescott sidelined by the shoulder injury. He earned that mostly with a solid first profession begin in a loss to Pittsburgh final year when Dalton became once out with COVID-19. Sprint rejoined Dallas (0-3) during that tumultuous stretch.
Sprint had a 25-yard completion to tight finish Blake Jarwin on 2nd-and-14 on his first pressure, a 75-yard march that ended with an 8-yard scoring toss to running abet Tony Pollard on a veil veil.
The undrafted fifth-year QB went 5 of 6 for 48 yards on a 13-play, 85-yard pressure that ended with a supreme throw into the nook of the finish zone for Cedrick Wilson’s 9-yard touchdown and a 14-7 Dallas lead. Sprint became once 10 of 12 for 97 yards.
Gilbert stumbled while dropping abet on his first bound strive — an incompletion — and misplaced a fumble to finish the first Dallas possession when he had a range of time to throw however became once stripped from behind by Jacob Martin. Gilbert finished 3 of 5 for 30 yards over two scoreless possessions.
Asked if he had seen ample to resolve on Prescott’s backup, coach Mike McCarthy stated, “We’ve bought one more week, and we’re going to need it.”
Houston’s Place Ingram converted a fourth-and-1 with a 2-yard dawdle before scoring from the 2 for the game’s first points after Gilbert’s fumble. The 10-year outmoded, who signed as a free agent in the offseason, had 24 yards on seven carries.
“That’s why we brought Place here,” Culley stated. “He’s a man that during his profession has no longer had many minus yard plays and while you give it to him he’s going to provide you determined yards and he did that for us today.”
Taylor became once 2 of 5 for 10 yards before Mills went 10 of 16 for 115 yards. Mills played into the third quarter, leading the pressure to the bound-forward discipline intention.
SIDELINED BY VIRUS
Dallas defensive coordinator Dan Quinn and defensive kind out Carlos Watkins were despatched home before the game thanks to COVID-19 protocols. McCarthy stated the decision became once made about 90 minutes before the game, and he wasn’t determined when they would be cleared to return to the crew. The Cowboys stated 93% of their gamers were vaccinated together with every member of the soccer crew.
Third-year Houston defensive lineman Charles Omenihu recovered the fumble on Martin’s strip sack and had two sacks together with two QB hits and two tackles for loss. The former Texas player became once a high schooler in the Dallas home.
THE GANG’S ALL HERE
The total Dallas starting offensive line played for the first — and handiest — time this preseason with left kind out Tyron Smith and comely guard Zack Martin getting their first action. The starting 5 played three sequence. “It became once factual to possess your total unit abet obtainable again,” Smith stated.