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Cowboys QB Will Grier missed Broncos game with sore groin

Cooper Rush and Ben DiNucci took all of the snaps under center for Dallas on Saturday.

DENVER — Cooper Rush got the start at quarterback for the Cowboys in Saturday night’s loss to the Denver Broncos, and misfired on his first three passes during the first two possessions.

Rush was high on throws to receivers Dennis Houston and Jalen Tolbert on third-down plays. Yet on a third-and-12, Rush completed his first pass of the game for 18 yards to Houston.

Rush was intercepted with six minutes left in the opening quarter by Denver safety PJ Locke to end the third possession.

Backup quarterback Will Grier missed the Broncos game with a sore groin. The Cowboys don’t believe it’s serious but took a cautious approach because he’s had a solid training camp.

“I think Will’s made a step,” coach Mike McCarthy said. “Clearly. I think Will’s done a really nice job with his reps. You can feel the command. I think coming in at the time that he came in, the language barrier’s always a challenge when you go into a new system like ours. He was there every day in the offseason, and I think you’re seeing it pay off. He’s playing much quicker.

“I do think he definitely has the type of playmaking ability not only to make plays not in the pocket but definitely out of the pocket.”

With a majority of the Cowboys’ veterans not playing, it allowed Rush and Ben DiNucci to get the bulk of the playing time.

“He’s going to get a lot of work,” McCarthy said of DiNucci in the pregame show on 105.3 The Fan (KRLD-FM).

DiNucci hit Simi Fehoko late in the fourth quarter for the Cowboys’ only touchdown of the game.

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