Despite suffering a calf strain on Oct. 17, the Cowboys are optimistic that quarterback Dak Prescott will start for their “Sunday Night Football” matchup against the Vikings.
Prescott injured his right calf while making the game-winning touchdown pass to CeeDee Lamb in Dallas’ 35-29 overtime victory in Week 6 against the Patriots at Gillette Stadium.
The 28-year-old quarterback officially returned to practice on Wednesday but was limited. He was also limited on Thursday. While he isn’t confirmed to start in Minnesota, the Cowboys remain optimistic he will take the field over backup Cooper Rush, who has yet to start in the NFL.
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What is Dak Prescott’s injury?
Prescott suffered a calf strain during the Cowboys’ overtime victory over the Patriots in Week 6. Dallas had a bye for Week 7.
“I’ll be fine, I promise you that,” Prescott said postgame, according to Jon Machota of The Athletic, despite being helped into the Cowboys’ locker room by Ezekiel Elliott following the win.
Although he didn’t practice on Monday, he took part in individual drills with the Cowboys on Wednesday and was limited on Thursday.
Dak Prescott going through individual drills today. He went through a longer warmup than usual, but he was moving well in the work that was open to reporters pic.twitter.com/BzDbmBgKbH
— Jon Machota (@jonmachota) October 27, 2021
While he took advantage of the Cowboys’ week off to rehab the injury, he is still listed as questionable ahead of the “Sunday Night Football” matchup.
What Cowboys, Prescott have said about QB’s injury
Cowboys’ owner Jerry Jones appeared on a radio show after Prescott showed up to practice without a walking boot. Jones added that he feels ‘very good’ about where the quarterback is right now.
“Based on what you saw yesterday, that was very encouraging,” Jones said on 105.3 The Fan on Monday. “But those things have to be monitored. We have a solid week, which is great to monitor that. I thought [Zack] Martin had a good description of it when he had the calf tear last year. He said some days it feels great and then it feels like you got run over by a bulldozer the next day. But still, I feel very good about where Dak is right now.”
Before practice on Wednesday, coach Mike McCarthy confirmed that Prescott “has improved every day” but stressed that the plan is to give Rush more prep time this week. After practice on Thursday, McCarthy added: “We’re trying to push it as far as we can right now.”
Elliott also offered his comments on whether the quarterback will be available ahead of the matchup in Minnesota.
“We all know the competitor Dak is,” he told reporters on Wednesday. “I know between now and when the bye started, he’s been doing everything he can to make sure that he’s able to play in this game. He’s going to exhaust all resources.”
Following practice on Thursday, Prescott commented on his questionable status for Sunday’s game vs. the Vikings.
“I think that would spoil all the fun,” he told reporters. “We’ll keep going. Obviously, we’ve got to keep progressing. Given it’s a long season, I don’t know if it’s just my decision.”