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Cowboys QB controversy? No way. Unless, you know, you listen to Jerry Jones

Cooper Rush had a strong showing in Dallas’ victory over Cincinnati, but the sample size is too small to justify a change from Dak Prescott.

FRISCO — There’s no quarterback controversy brewing with the Cowboys. None.

Unless Cooper Rush plays really, really well and the team wins a lot of games.

And then, that would be a good thing, right? It happened before. No one thought Dak Prescott would be good enough to keep a healthy Tony Romo on the sidelines, but he did.

Now Rush won’t get the extended opportunity Prescott did six years ago. Heck, other than the laws of medicine and the fact he still has those pesky stitches in his thumb, who’s to say Prescott won’t be back against Washington next week? That would render this whole conversation moot.

But what if it did happen?

Just sayin.’

Welcome to the mind of Jerry Jones. Anyone who’s made it to this point must sign a waiver before proceeding.

The Cowboys owner took reporters on a wild, fascinating — and above all, entertaining — ride through how his brain works Thursday afternoon less than an hour after Prescott returned to the practice field.

Prescott won’t play Monday night against the New York Giants. He’s less than two weeks removed from surgery on his fractured right thumb. What he did Thursday was grip and throw a training ball, which is roughly the size of a softball, while conditioning off to the side.

But enough about practice. Let’s return to the Jones off-road adventure.

Prescott has won 53 games with the Cowboys. Rush has won two. The Cowboys have scored 20 points in each of those games, the latest compliments of a 50-yard field goal by Brett Maher as time expired.

Rush is in no position to push for the starting job. But Jones said that’s a controversy he’d embrace.

“Of course I would,’’ Jones said. “Of course, that means we’d won.

“If he comes in here and plays as well as Prescott played, Rush played that well over these next games, I’d walk to New York to get that.’’

That’s a walk of 1,545 miles.

Prescott lost the opener before presiding over 11 consecutive wins when he took over for Romo. Asked if Rush could duplicate that sort of run, Jones responded, “I don’t know.’’ He followed quickly by saying he was never quoted anywhere projecting Prescott would do what he did back in 2016.

His point: you have to let this unfold game by game before you say it’s not possible.

“Do I think that it’s possible for Rush to come in here and play at a level to win games the way Prescott did when he took over for Romo?’’ Jones asked rhetorically. “Yes I do. Yes I do.

“I certainly think that’s possible.’’

So it’s possible for Rush to play well enough to keep Prescott sidelined?

“Well, it was impossible, ostensibly, that Prescott could play that well and keep Romo out of the championship game (actually divisional round game) when every other team in the tournament had an (Aaron) Rodgers or a seasoned-veteran, excellent quarterback,’’ Jones said. “Nobody went in that year with a rookie but us.’’

Prescott won’t return as soon as Jones suggests. But he won’t be out for three months, either. He should return in October. No matter how well Rush performs, that’s not much of a sample size to justify a change.

Point of clarification: if Rush hasn’t lost a game whenever Prescott is healthy enough to return, will Rush retain the starting job?

“I don’t know that,’’ Jones said. “I don’t want to go that much in the weeds with that.’’

Ezekiel Elliott spoke with reporters shortly after Jones held his session. When asked about TV analysts who showed video of Rush’s performance against Cincinnati and maintained Prescott could learn from it, the Cowboys running back shook his head. The more outrageous you are, Elliott said, the more attention you draw to yourself.

“That’s their job,’’ Elliott said. “Who knows if they even believe that?’’

Elliott was then told about Jones’ comments.

“See, there you go,’’ he said. “That’s a classic example. He wants you all (media) to be clicking and listening to him too. It’s all marketing.

“It’s all marketing.’’

Marketing? Sure. But for a second, ask yourself what if…

“Wouldn’t it be something if you had a dilemma as to which way you go?’’ Jones asked. “You do that if he gets 10 wins, same thing that happened with Prescott.

“I think like that.’’

Catch David Moore on The Ticket (KTCK-AM 1310 and 96.7 FM) with the Musers at 9:35 a.m. every Monday, Wednesday and Friday and The Hardline every Tuesday and Friday at 4:30 p.m. during Cowboys season.

Twitter: @DavidMooreDMN

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