Cowboys owner Jerry Jones gives promising update on Dak Prescott
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Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones says there is a chance Dak Prescott returns to action in Week 5. On Monday, Prescott underwent a surgery to repair his fractured right thumb. The surgery went extremely well as Jones said that Prescott would not be placed on injured reserve.
"We want him to be a consideration for playing for us within the next four games," Jones said on 105.3 The Fan in Dallas, per ESPN. Initially, it was reported that Prescott would likely be out for six to eight weeks. But it seems that he could return as soon as Week 5, when the Cowboys play the Los Angeles Rams.
"If we thought he wasn't going to be ready to go until after four games, we would put him on IR. We're not doing that," Jones told The Fan. "We think he can come in and play, so we don't want to not have him out there practicing.
We want him getting prepared and we'll see how he handles this thing, how it heals, mainly his strength, how he can grip the ball, [will determine] what his status is. That's not [being] an optimist. The proof is that we got a good surgery, got good technique and feel better about it than we did Sunday night."
Jones: Prescott could quickly return to throwing
"Dak has a real chance to be back out there throwing the ball pretty quick," Jones said.
With Prescott sidelined, the Cowboys have turned to their backup quarterbacks. While Prescott is out, Cooper Rush is expected to start for the Cowboys. Also, the Cowboys have Will Grier at their disposal. Last year, Rush made his first start for the Cowboys and led his team to a victory over the Minnesota Vikings.
Jones noted that Rush knows the team's offense very well and that's one of the reasons why they don't really want to sign another quarterback while Prescott is out. "Those guys know the offense well," Jones said on The Fan.
"They had a lot of reps in it and consequently gives us our best shot. It's unlikely since we don't have any potential trade pending -- not pending, or in the mill -- it's unlikely you'll have a veteran quarterback that could get back in here and be ready to play as well as those guys can play even if you thought you might have a talent advantage." The Cowboys host the Cincinnati Bengals in Week 2.