Oct 16, 2022; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA; Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott before a game against the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

Cowboys coach: Dak Prescott to work on ‘rhythm and timing’

Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott appears to be in prime position to return to action this weekend against the visiting Detroit Lions.

Coach Mike McCarthy said Prescott would be “in the lead chair as far as reps” on Thursday. Prescott, and his surgically repaired right thumb, were no worse for wear after he threw 40 passes during a reduced practice session on Wednesday.

Prescott received full clearance to return from his thumb injury this week. He is bidding to make his first start since sustaining the injury in Dallas’ 19-3 loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sept. 11.

McCarthy on Thursday also noted that Prescott has two obstacles in his return from a lengthy absence.

“Rhythm and timing,” McCarthy said. “That’s the biggest thing, and it’s a challenge to grab that in this short a period of time. There’s no question, but really putting a ceiling on the workload is important, because Lord knows he’d throw a 140 (passes on Wednesday) if you let him.”

With Prescott sidelined, Cooper Rush led the Cowboys to four straight victories before throwing three interceptions in a 26-17 loss to the unbeaten Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday night.

In 2021, Prescott completed a career-high 68.8 percent of his passes and threw for 4,449 yards and a team-record 37 touchdowns.

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Oct 9, 2022; Inglewood, California, USA; Dallas Cowboys head coach Mike McCarthy talks with quarterback Dak Prescott (4) on the field prior to the game against the Los Angeles Rams at SoFi Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

Cowboys QB Dak Prescott progressing in recovery

Dallas Cowboys coach Mike McCarthy is encouraged with the progress of quarterback Dak Prescott as he continues his recovery from thumb surgery.

Prescott has missed the Cowboys’ last four games — all wins — after injuring his thumb in the season-opening loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He has been a part of the “rehab group” since undergoing surgery on Sept. 12.

“Dak had a good day (on Wednesday),” McCarthy said. “He threw post-practice. It went well. The plan today is to have him participate in the quarterback school drills and he will throw again in post-practice.”

When asked why it was post-practice and not during practice, McCarthy was quick with a response.

“We’re preparing to get ready for a game, and he’s still in the rehab phase,” he said.

Cooper Rush is in line to make his fifth straight start for Dallas (4-1), which could pull even atop the NFC East with a victory over the Philadelphia Eagles (5-0) on Sunday night.

McCarthy also said linebacker Micah Parsons “will do a little more today” as he attempts to work his past a groin injury.

Parsons received NFC Defensive Player of the Week honors on Wednesday after he recorded two sacks and five tackles in the Cowboys’ 22-10 win over the Los Angeles Rams.

Parsons shares the NFL lead with six sacks on the season.

–Field Level Media

Oct 2, 2022; Arlington, Texas, USA; Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott (4) on the field before the game against the Washington Commanders at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports

Cowboys QB Dak Prescott can’t grip football ‘well enough to play’

Dallas Cowboys owner and general manager Jerry Jones said Tuesday that Dak Prescott’s thumb is improving but the quarterback still can’t grip a football “well enough to play.”

Jones made the comments during an interview on Audacy’s 105.3 The Fan in Dallas.

“Well, I know that it’s better, and I know that he’s going to go out there every day and make progress towards being able to grip the ball,” Jones said on the show.

When asked if Prescott can grip a football now, Jones answered, “No, not well enough to play.”

Prescott is scheduled to meet with doctors later Tuesday.

“I don’t know that you could ask for better news technically, physically in how it’s responding, how it’s healing so to speak,” Jones said. “So all of those things are on go and I don’t know that as we bid bye to each day if considering the injury, considering the location of the injury, I don’t know that you could make any more progress. There’s some things here about healing that again I often say only the man upstairs knows how that works, but he’ll have a big week and he’ll be hard on himself getting it ready to go.”

Prescott has not been ruled out for this week’s game against the Los Angeles Rams, but both Jones and head coach Mike McCarthy want a full week of practice with Prescott before turning him loose.

“We need to have that process before we (go) in a ballgame,” Jones said. “Can’t eliminate the week’s work and be ready to go, especially not at quarterback.”

Prescott said last week he’s targeting this week to return after fracturing his thumb in the team’s Week 1 loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He was projected to miss six weeks.

Cooper Rush has led the Cowboys to three straight wins in Prescott’s absence. With Sunday’s win, Rush became the first Cowboys QB to win the first four starts of his career. He went 1-0 in 2021.

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Sep 26, 2022; East Rutherford, New Jersey, USA;  Dallas Cowboys quarterback Cooper Rush (10) warms up in front of quarterback Dak Prescott before the game against the New York Giants at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports

Cowboys QB Dak Prescott targets Week 5 return

Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott expects to return to the starting lineup in two weeks.

Stitches were removed from Prescott’s surgically repaired right thumb on Monday and he said the chances of him playing this weekend against the Washington Commanders are slim.

“Nah, probably not,” he told USA Today. “But Week 5 against the Rams? That’s the one I’m looking at.”

The Cowboys face the Rams in Los Angeles before a matchup with the NFC East-leading Eagles in primetime Week 6.

Prescott was on hand for the Cowboys’ win over the New York Giants on Monday night as Dallas improved to 2-0 with backup Cooper Rush at the controls. Prescott fractured his thumb in the team’s Week 1 loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and was projected to miss six weeks.

Rush threw a game-winning TD pass to CeeDee Lamb in the fourth quarter on Monday to break a 13-13 tie with the Giants.

Before the game, Prescott was able to lightly grip the football and played catch on the sideline. He said tightening his grip strength is the next step — and perhaps final obstacle — before he’s back at the helm.

“Some people are OK with (sitting out), but I’m not built that way,” Prescott said. “It’s (expletive) killing me not being out there with my guys. It’s so hard but I also know I got to be patient.”

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Sep 18, 2022; Arlington, Texas, USA; Dallas Cowboys linebacker Micah Parsons (11) during the game between the Dallas Cowboys and the Cincinnati Bengals at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

Cowboys LB Micah Parsons (illness) misses practice again

Dallas Cowboys star linebacker Micah Parsons missed his second straight practice on Friday due to what is being labeled as an illness.

Cowboys owner Jerry Jones told the team website on Thursday that Parsons tested negative for both COVID-19 and the flu. Dallas coach Mike McCarthy confirmed on 105.3 The Fan that Parsons is dealing with allergies.

“(Parsons) is feeling better today, but he will not practice today,” McCarthy told reporters on Friday.

The Dallas Morning News reported Parsons still is expected to play on Monday when the Cowboys (1-1) visit the New York Giants (2-0) in East Rutherford, N.J. Parsons is tied for the second in the NFL with four sacks and has recorded 17 in just 18 career games.

Tight end Dalton Schultz was able to do movement and ball-skill work on the side Friday. He is dealing with a sprained right knee sustained during the Cowboys’ 20-17 victory over the Cincinnati Bengals last weekend.

Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott (thumb) was seen doing conditioning work on Friday.

Prescott was injured in the season opener against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and backup Cooper Rush was at the helm last week against the Bengals.

–Field Level Media

Sep 18, 2022; Arlington, Texas, USA; Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott (4) walks the field before the game between the Dallas Cowboys and the Cincinnati Bengals at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

Cowboys QB Dak Prescott does work with training ball

Injured Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott was back at practice Thursday … gripping and throwing a training ball.

Prescott did not throw a football or take any snaps. But his presence at practice, 10 days removed from surgery on his right thumb, comes a day after owner Jerry Jones said Prescott could be back at full practice in two weeks.

That projection is well ahead of initial estimates of Prescott’s return in four-to-six weeks from a broken thumb on his throwing hand.

However, an orthopedic surgeon told The Dallas Morning News that Jones’ projection was “realistic.”

“It would be pushing it a bit, but I think it’s definitely realistic,” Dr. David Hay told the News. “The fracture is outside the motion part of the joint and inside the bone of the thumb.”

Hay, who isn’t a part of Prescott’s medical team, specializes in hand surgery at Cedars-Sinai Kerlan Jobe Institute in Los Angeles.

Prescott was injured in the season opener against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and backup Cooper Rush was at the helm for a win last week over the Cincinnati Bengals. The Cowboys are 1-1.

Rush will be under center again this week against the New York Giants (2-0) in Week 3.

–Field Level Media

Sep 11, 2022; Arlington, Texas, USA;  Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott (4) hits his hand against Tampa Bay Buccaneers linebacker Shaquil Barrett (58) as he throws the ball during the fourth quarter at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

Dak Prescott to undergo surgery Monday, out 6-8 weeks

Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott will undergo surgery on his right thumb Monday and is expected to be out 6-to-8 weeks, ESPN reported.

Prescott will have a pin and plate inserted to stabilize the joint, per the report.

Prescott left Sunday night’s game against Tampa Bay in the fourth quarter after he hit the hand of Buccaneers linebacker Shaq Barrett while throwing a pass. Prescott said afterward he thought he just jammed it until X-rays revealed a fracture.

“I thought I jammed it,” Prescott said. “I’ve hit my hand on helmets or bodies a lot in my career and never really had anything, maybe a jammed finger. I thought that’s what it was. The next play, I realized I couldn’t grip the ball. I let the sideline know … I came in and got X-rays and things are different.”

Prior to exiting, Prescott completed 14 of 29 passes for 134 yards and threw one interception. Cooper Rush took over under center, throwing for 64 yards on 7-for-13 passing as Dallas lost 19-3.

Rush will be the starting quarterback until Prescott returns. Third-string quarterback Will Grier is expected to be promoted from the practice squad to back up Rush.

Rush started one game for the Cowboys in 2021. He has thrown 63 career passes in 11 games for a 60.3 percent completion rate and three touchdowns.

Dallas hosts the Cincinnati Bengals (0-1) in Week 2.

–Field Level Media

Sep 11, 2022; Arlington, Texas, USA;  Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott (4) throws during the first quarter against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

Cowboys QB Dak Prescott requires hand surgery, will miss multiple weeks

Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott will require surgery on his right hand, forcing him to miss multiple weeks.

Prescott left Sunday night’s game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the fourth quarter, and Cowboys owner Jerry Jones told reporters after the game that the 29-year-old quarterback will need to have a joint above the thumb on his throwing hand surgically repaired.

“I thought I jammed it,” Prescott said. “I’ve hit my hand on helmets or bodies a lot in my career and never really had anything, maybe a jammed finger. I thought that’s what it was. The next play, I realized I couldn’t grip the ball. I let the sideline know … I came in and got X-rays and things are different.”

Prior to exiting, Prescott completed 14 of 29 passes for 134 yards and threw one interception. Cooper Rush took over under center, throwing for 64 yards on 7-for-13 passing as Dallas lost 19-3.

Rush will be the starting quarterback until Prescott returns.

In seven seasons with the Cowboys, Prescott has compiled 22,217 passing yards and has thrown for 143 touchdowns. He is a two-time Pro Bowl selection and was the 2016 Offensive Rookie of the Year.

Prescott also had a setback during the 2020 season, sustaining an ankle injury in Week 5 against the New York Giants that held him out for the remainder of the season.

“It’s very disappointing. But injuries happen,” Prescott said. “I can’t necessarily control it. It’s just unfortunate. Obviously, I’m going to miss some time and not be there for my team. That’s what hurts more than anything.”

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Jan 5, 2019; Arlington, TX, USA; Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott (4) reacts after throwing a 11 yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Michael Gallup (13) against the Seattle Seahawks in the second quarter in a NFC Wild Card playoff football game at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Shane Roper-USA TODAY Sports

Cowboys WR Michael Gallup out (knee); QB Dak Prescott full go

The Dallas Cowboys got some good and bad injury news Friday, as quarterback Dak Prescott went through a full practice Friday and was removed from the injury report while wide receiver Michael Gallup was declared out for Sunday night’s game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Prescott was limited in practice a day before after leaving early with an ankle injury with what Cowboys owner Jerry Jones termed as “discomfort.” But he appears a full go for the team’s season opener at home.

Gallup will not be in uniform Sunday night, although that is not entirely unexpected as he continues his path back from a torn ACL sustained early this year. Dallas had chosen not to place Gallup on the reserve-injured list to allow for the chance that he could return within the first four weeks of the season.

Jones has touted Jalen Tolbert, a third-round pick out of South Alabama in April, over the summer as the team also copes with the offseason loss of Amari Cooper, who was dealt to the Cleveland Browns months earlier.

The Cowboys added safety Jayron Kearse to Friday’s injury report after he sat out practice because of a neck ailment. Cornerback Jourdan Lewis (hamstring) returned to a full practice after being limited since Wednesday.

For the Buccaneers, receivers Chris Godwin (knee) and Russell Gage (hamstring) were listed as questionable for Sunday, while cornerback Zyon McCollum will be out against Dallas with a hamstring injury.

–Field Level Media

Aug 26, 2022; Arlington, Texas, USA; Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott (4) on the field before the game against the Seattle Seahawks at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports

Cowboys QB Dak Prescott says sore ankle is nonissue

Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott was limited in practice Thursday with an ankle injury but insisted he will be ready to play in the season opener Sunday at home against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Prescott said the issue was related to a change in footwear.

“I’m good to go,” Prescott said. “I still feel the best that I’ve felt in a very, very long time. … I promise you I’m great.”

Prescott threw for 4,449 yards and a franchise-record 37 touchdowns with 10 interceptions in 16 games for the Cowboys in 2021. The only game he missed came in Week 7 against the Minnesota Vikings because of a calf strain. The rebound season came a year after a gruesome compound fracture and dislocated right ankle in Week 5 against the New York Giants in 2020.

A matchup against the Buccaneers means going up against fellow quarterback Tom Brady, something Prescott is keen to do.

“It’s awesome,” Prescott said. “You definitely have to embrace it — a guy whose resume speaks for itself. Shows up at his age and is still better than most to do this — the greatest to do this, honestly. In the moment to play him, to understand what that team’s gonna bring with him as the leader and him on the other side, (I’m) just ready for that matchup.”

In six career seasons, all with the Cowboys, Prescott has thrown for 22,083 yards and 143 TDs against 50 interceptions. The former fourth-round draft pick in 2016 out of Mississippi State is a two-time Pro Bowl selection.

–Field Level Media