Dak Prescott injury update: Jerry Jones explains why Cowboys are optimistic, won't put QB on IR – Sporting News

  • September 17, 2022

When Dak Prescott suffered a fracture in his thumb in the Cowboys’ Week 1 loss to the Buccaneers, it was presumed that he would be out long-term. His initial timetable for return was reported as 6-to-8 weeks, meaning that he could be out through Dallas’ Week 9 bye.
However, the injury may not have been quite as bad as it originally seemed.
Cowboys general manager Jerry Jones was asked about Prescott’s injury during his Tuesday morning radio appearance on 105.3 The Fan in Dallas. He revealed that the team’s top quarterback would not be placed on IR to leave open the possibility of him returning sooner than expected.
“If we thought he wasn’t going to be ready to go until after four games, we would put him on IR,” Jones explained. “We’re not doing that. We think he can come in and play, so we don’t want to not have him out there practicing.”
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Jones further explained that the No. 1 factor in determining Prescott’s return will be not only how his injury heals, but how he can grip the ball. Once the 29-year-old feels comfortable doing that, the Cowboys will welcome him back to the lineup.
That may sound like a glass-half-full approach, but Jones insisted that the possibility remains open because the surgery went well.
“That’s not being an optimist,” Jones said as he broke down Prescott’s timetable to return. “The proof is that we got a good surgery, got good technique and we feel better about it than we did Sunday night.”
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Jones also said the Cowboys would likely stick with Cooper Rush and Will Grier at quarterback until Prescott is able to return. Why?
“Those guys know the offense,” Jones said. “Well, they’ve had a lot of reps in it. And consequently, they give us our best shot.”
As such, Jones ruled out the idea of adding a veteran quarterback to the mix. There had been questions about whether the Cowboys could target someone like Jimmy Garoppolo via trade, but Jones explained why the team didn’t have any deals in the works.
“It’s unlikely that you’d have a veteran quarterback that could get back in here and be ready to play as well as those guys can play,” Jones said, referring to Rush and Grier. “Even if you thought you might have a talent advantage.”
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Additionally, Jones pointed out that this plan to use Prescott’s backups may not be a long-term one. If Prescott can return earlier than expected, that would negate the purpose of sacrificing resources for a Garoppolo type.
“We feel very good after surgery — after listening to the medical people — that Dak has a real chance to be back out there throwing the ball pretty quick,” Jones said.
Trusting Prescott to return quickly is certainly a risk for the Cowboys, but it’s one that they are evidently willing to take. We’ll soon see when he will be able to return to the field and whether the Cowboys will still be in the playoff mix when that time comes.
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