Dak Prescott won’t go on IR, has ‘real chance’ for quick return to Dallas Cowboys, Jerry Jones says

FRISCO, Texas — Cowboys owner and general manager Jerry Jones said Tuesday quarterback Dak Prescott will not go on injured reserve after undergoing surgery on his right thumb Monday.

“We want him to be an option for us in the next four games,” Jones said at 105.3 The Fan in Dallas.

The original deadline for Prescott’s return was six to eight weeks, according to sources. However, Jones said the post-surgery report was more favorable. In theory, Prescott could be back for the Oct. 9 game with the Rams in Week 5 if things go well on his recovery. The initial thought was that he could miss seven games and potentially return to the Packers on November 13 after the Cowboys’ departure.

“If we thought he would only be ready to go after four games, we would put him on IR. We don’t,” Jones told The Fan. “We think he can come in and play, so we don’t want to let him practice outside. We want him to prepare and we’ll see how he handles this thing, how it heals, mainly his strength, how he can grab the ball, [will determine] what status he has. This is not [being] an optimist. The proof is that we had good surgery, good technique and we’re feeling better than we did on Sunday night.”

Prescott had a plate placed in his thumb Monday to stabilize the joint. The first part of Prescott’s recovery is allowing the wound to heal, followed by working on grip strength. With the plate, the bone should be stronger than before.

Prescott suffered the injury in the fourth quarter of the Cowboys’ 3-19 loss to the Buccaneers after his hand twice caught linebacker Shaq Barrett’s hand. After a screen pass to Ezekiel Elliott, Prescott went to the touchline because he couldn’t grab the ball anymore.

Prescott would have to miss at least four games if placed on injured reserve. If Prescott didn’t go on IR, he would be eligible to practice. He can rehab, condition, and go through meetings to help.

“Dak has a real chance to be back out there and throw the ball pretty quickly,” Jones said.

The Cowboys will add at least one quarterback to the practice team, but they will go with Cooper Rush and Will Grier, who are currently on the practice team, as starters and backups, respectively, in Prescott’s absence. Rush won his first start last season, replacing an injured Prescott against the Vikings.

“These guys know offense well,” Jones said on The Fan. “They’ve had a lot of replays in it and consequently they’re giving us our best chance. It’s unlikely since we don’t have a potential trade pending – not pending or in the mill – it’s unlikely you’ll have a seasoned quarterback you could come back in here and be ready to play as well as these guys can play, even if you thought you had a talent advantage.”

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Emma Bowman

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