The Pittsburgh Steelers will play the Dallas Cowboys on the road on Sunday and it looks like they’ll be facing quarterback Garrett Gilbert.
According to Saturday morning reports, the Cowboys have decided to go with Gilbert as their starter on Sunday against the Steelers instead of Cooper Rush. The Cowboys haven’t officially announced that Gilbert will start, however. On Friday, Cowboys head coach Mike McCarthy would only say that both Gilbert and Cooper were being readied to play on Sunday against the Steelers
“We’re still working through the process. I think the most important point as far as the goal is to make sure both Garrett and Cooper are ready,” McCarthy said in his Friday press conference. “The reps aren’t being distributed equally. I don’t really want to get into the specifics of it. But just learning from last week’s experience, with all the pressure in the Philadelphia game, just to give us the best opportunity offensively, my focus is to make sure both Garrett and Cooper are ready to play in the game.”
The Cowboys signed Gilbert off the practice squad of the Cleveland Browns in the middle of October after starting quarterback Dak Prescott was lost for the season with an ankle injury. For his career, Gilbert has appeared in six regular-season NFL games, but he has never started one.
The Browns signed Gilbert in April 2019 after the Alliance of American Football folded while he led the league in completions and passing yards. Originally selected by the St. Louis Rams in the sixth round of the 2014 NFL Draft out of SMU, Gilbert has since attempted six total passes in NFL games of which he completed two for 40 yards. He’s played all of 21 offensive snaps in the NFL.
Last season as a member of the Browns, Gilbert saw playing time in both games against the Steelers. He attempted just two passes in the second of two meetings between the two teams but failed to complete either of them.