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Scott Linehan would prefer Dak not use throwing hand as stiff arm

Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott (4) stiff-armed Redskins safety Donte Whitner Sr. (39) Thursday.
Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott (4) stiff-armed Redskins safety Donte Whitner Sr. (39) Thursday. Star-Telegram

Cowboys coach Jason Garrett expressed no reservations about Dak Prescott’s stiff arm to a Redskins player last week. But offensive coordinator Scott Linehan admits he would rather the quarterback not use his throwing arm in that manner.

Prescott shoved Redskins safety Donte Whitner Sr. with his right arm, not once but twice Thursday, picking up 18 yards late in the first quarter. He threw a touchdown pass to Terrance Williams on the next play.

“I kind of didn’t see it that good,” Linehan said Wednesday. “I did hear the crowd, so I figured he did something. Yeah, he’s got that in his game. He told me after the play, he said, ‘I got lots of plays in college that I can show you that was part of my game.’ I said, ‘Let’s see if we can get to the sideline and save the heroics.’ But he’s a strong guy, and he’s reacting like a great competitor. It was a great competitor by him, because that guy is a physical tackler. Normally you get the guy to the ground right away, but Dak showed a lot of play strength on that play.”

Garrett said Prescott does a good job protecting himself when asked if he had talked to the quarterback about the dangers of the stiff arm.

“I think you have to be careful of overcoaching something like that,” Garrett said. “Certainly it was a really big play for us in the game and part of his competitive spirit. He does a really good job of taking care of himself after he’s made a number of good runs for us this year. He slides feet first a lot after he makes the first down. That was one of the times where he had to take on a defender, and I thought he handled himself well.”

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