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Dak Prescott injury: Cowboys CEO Stephen Jones says QB could return as soon as Week 3 vs. Giants

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Jerry Jones wasn’t exaggerating when he… predicted the rapid return of Dak Prescott of thumb surgery. Days after the Cowboys owner suggested the team’s star quarterback could be back on the field sooner rather than later, CEO Stephen Jones has confirmed it. Ahead of Dallas’ matchup with the Bengals on Sunday, the latter told 105.3 The Fan that Prescott could return to the lineup against the Giants as early as Week 3, as ProFootballTalk reported.

“He has a chance, maybe the third or fourth game,” Jones said per PFT of Prescott’s recovery. “We’ll see what happens.”

Jerry Jones had previously indicated that Prescott would not go on injured reserve, which would require an absence of at least four games, as the Cowboys believed he would resume throwing in the near future: “That’s not optimistic,” Jones added. up. “That’s us undergoing a good operation.” Coach Mike McCarthy later echoed the sentiment, suggesting he should keep Prescott away from practice so as not to tempt the QB to rush his rehab.

Prescott’s initial prognosis, after breaking part of his hand in the Cowboys’ season opening for the Buccaneers, was a six to eight week absence. However, the break turned out to be “cleaner” than expected, and follow-up reports are estimating Prescott’s return sometime around Weeks 5-7. If the Pro Bowl signal caller were really fit for the Week 3 Giants game, a Monday night affair that allowed for an extra day of pre-recovery, he would have missed just one game.

In the meantime, the Cowboys turn to veteran backup Cooper Rush below center. The former unoccupied reserve won in 2021 instead of an injured Prescott and led Dallas to a 17-3 lead against the Bengals in the first half of Sunday’s game.

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