Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott said if it was solely up to him he would play this Sunday Night Football against the Minnesota Vikings. Prescott was limited in practice on Wednesday and Thursday due to a calf strain.
"Knowing this is a long journey and a long season, I don't necessarily know if this is fully my decision, but I'm just going to keep controlling the things I can to get better," Prescott said on Thursday.
"I've gotten better each and every day, and that's what is most important. I'm just focused on doing that again tomorrow." Cowboys head coach Mike McCarthy said Prescott would have to clear certain thresholds in practice in order to be allowed to play against the Vikings.
"They didn't tell me which ones I've got to pass," Prescott said. "Obviously I trust myself, trust my body, trust what I'm thinking, but also I trust the coaches and Britt, Jim [Maurer] and the whole training staff.
We've put a lot into this. I've put a lot into my body and taking care of myself. "But they know. They know how these things work. First time dealing with something like this, obviously on the same leg as my ankle, I want to be smart about it and cautious.
But as I've said, I've gotten better each and every day. I'm doing things today I didn't do as well the day before. I think that's huge."
Prescott tested himself in practice
"Today I pushed it.
Today, yeah, I didn't go half or 75% -- I went all and I just told myself that if something was going to happen, I'm going to do it today," he said. "But I needed to feel the full go and I did that."
Prescott sat out the entire training camp and preseason but balled out in the season opener against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. "Obviously I've been in this offense for a while. I sat out all of camp and came out the way that I did," Prescott said, referring to his 403-yard passing effort vs.
Tampa Bay in Week 1. "I said it today, just watching practice going through my reads, it's like sometimes you see things better from back there, from watching the game. I know all my reads, I know all the checks and I know what we're trying to do in this game plan. That will never change whether I'm limited or not."