Cowboys HC Mike McCarthy gives injury update on Dak Prescott
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Dallas Cowboys head coach Mike McCarthy has said that Dak Prescott still has a few steps to complete before being allowed to return to throwing football. This Monday, Prescott had stitches removed from his surgically repaired right finger.
Prescott initially didn't rule out returning for this week's matchup against the Philadelphia Eagles, but has since said he is eyeing to return in Week 5 versus the Los Angeles Rams. "He still has some swelling that he has to deal with.
Once he gets past the swelling and the strengthening stage, then he'll get to the point where he'll be able to throw," McCarthy said, per the Cowboys' website. "He'll be dealing with more rehab this week and hopefully we'll get the swelling and the strength where it needs to be.
But I do not have a timeline on when he'll start throwing."
Cooper Rush balling while Prescott is sidelined
In two games that Prescott has missed, the Cowboys went 2-0. After leading the Cowboys to a Week 2 victory over the Cincinnati Bengals, Rush led led the Cowboys to a Week 3 road victory against the New York Giants.
On Monday Night Football, Rush helped the Cowboys earn a 23-16 victory over the Giants on the road. Following Rush's latest performance, Cowboys owner Jerry Jones dropped a big praise on the quarterback. "There's no question he understands this offense and he has a makeup of a top quarterback -- and I underline the word top -- and we're very fortunate," Jones said on Auducy's 105.3 The Fan on Tuesday.
"The very purpose of the backup quarterback is to step in and have your team function on all cylinders without having to give up some of your offense that the starter usually takes with him when he leaves. In this case you got somebody who knows this thing inside and out and he knows how to execute it.
And we're seeing he'll do that under pressure. He'll do that when the chips are down or do that when the play isn't happening the way it's designed to. He's doing all of those things right now." The Cowboys feel good about what Rush brings to the table and they certainly feel they can win while Prescott is sidelined. In Week 4, the Cowboys are taking on the Eagles, who own a 3-0 record at the start of the season.