Dallas Cowboys owner and general manager Jerry Jones is hopeful quarterback Dak Prescott can return to the starting lineup on Sunday against the Detroit Lions after missing five games with a fractured right thumb.
Prescott has apparently been looking good in training and aiming for an early comeback to action. This would be good news for Dallas who have now been without Prescott for over a month.
“Well, let’s just say this: He’s determined to [play],” Jones said on 105.3 The Fan in Dallas.
“I think he’s, from my perspective, from what I can know and see, I think he’s going to get there.
“We feel like that physically, he’s at a position that the risk/reward justifies him being out there in terms of any reoccurrence of the injury.”
Jones said Prescott had a “very impressive” throwing session before last Sunday’s game against the Philadelphia Eagles.
Prescott released by doctors
After the game, Prescott said his plan was to play against the Lions. On Monday, coach Mike McCarthy said Prescott would be medically cleared Tuesday and would return to practice Wednesday.
Prescott began throwing just last week after undergoing surgery on September 12.
“The final threshold is always return to play, but then there’s the timing. That’s for any position,” McCarthy said Monday.
“When you look at players who are returned to play, they’re cleared medically to play, but if you don’t feel the timing is quite there, they may need another week.
“That’s why if you look at the regimentation of how we’ve been bringing Dak back, obviously following the medical process of it, we’ve been trying to do as much throwing, particularly the individual routes on air, as much as we can . I think we’ve checked the boxes.”
“That’s why if you look at the regimen of how I’ve been bringing Dak back, obviously following the medical process, we’ve been trying to make as many throws, particularly the individual routes in the air, as much as we’ve been able to. I think we’ve checked the boxes.”
Furthermore, Jones isn’t concerned about Prescott overcompensating for the thumb in a way that could create problems elsewhere with his throwing motion.
“I think he’s got a good chance to get out there,” Jones said.
Cooper Rush, back on the bench
The Cowboys had a 4-1 record with Cooper Rush as the starter, and Jones doesn’t think the Cowboys will have to limit their offense whenever Prescott returns after an extended break.
“We’ll get to do anything that we want to do,” Jones said.
“No one is more prepared. No one has spent more hours preparing to play a football game than Min. I think we’ve got it all there, the full repertoire.
“I don’t think there will be any limitations on anything we do.”