Cowboys’ Dak Prescott throws, tests thumb; Cooper Rush likely to start

FRISCO, Texas — Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott threw passes Wednesday for the first time since surgery on his right thumb, but he is expected to miss his fifth straight game on Sunday against the Philadelphia Eagles.

“We’re preparing for Cooper [Rush] against the Eagles,” said coach Mike McCarthy on Wednesday.

Prescott said he felt “great” after the easy throwing session – his first since his right thumb surgery on September 12. He said he plans to throw more on Thursday.

“Solid. Ask the recipients,” said a smiling Prescott when asked how it went. “I always have some pop on mine [passes].”

Before practice, McCarthy said he didn’t expect Prescott to wear a splint for added protection.

During the session of practice, which was open to the media, Prescott didn’t take many shots from the middle or throw passes with his right hand. He made sure to pick up his helmet with his right hand and his passes were left-handed at the time. Prescott did not officially train with the team prior to his session afterwards.

“I think we’re still in the medical rehab phase,” McCarthy said. “Once he gets past that stage and he’s fully activated, then I think we’ll have our conversation.”

Prescott underwent surgery following the Cowboys’ season-opening loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. While owner and general manager Jerry Jones said there was hope Prescott could return within four weeks — and not put the quarterback on injured reserve — that was always the most optimistic view. The timetable for a return was between four and six weeks after he was fitted with a thumb stabilization plate.

McCarthy reiterated that he would like Prescott to get a full week’s work before returning as a starter. He wouldn’t consider the possibility of Prescott serving as Rush’s backup while he continues to recover.

The Cowboys have won four straight games with Rush, but McCarthy said he doesn’t think the team’s path would have been changed with Prescott had the record been different.

“You have to trust the medical process,” McCarthy said. “This is a 17-game season. That was my immediate answer. I know Dak didn’t want to hear it, but you need to make sure he’s right for the long haul as well.

“So I’m not saying we’re conservative because that doesn’t jibe with him, with the way he’s preparing for the game. But yes, that really follows the medical schedule. He does everything you can possibly do and more to get ready. But I don’t think it would have changed from my point of view. Cowboys’ Dak Prescott throws, tests thumb; Cooper Rush likely to start

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