FRISCO, Texas — Throughout the portion of Wednesday’s follow that was open to the media, Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott confirmed no in poor health results from a right calf strain suffered Oct. 17 that has put his availability for Sunday’s recreation in opposition to the Minnesota Vikings in some query.
Prescott went by means of an prolonged warm-up previous to follow and didn’t participate within the particular person footwork drills with the remainder of the quarterbacks, however he went by means of simulated drops off to the facet whereas coach Mike McCarthy watched. Later, he threw passes to his working backs, receivers and tight ends with none points.
Prescott was formally listed as restricted throughout Wednesday’s follow however CeeDee Lamb mentioned Prescott seemed, “common. Identical Dak. He appears to be like nice out and in of his drops. I do not know the restrictions on him or what is going on on, however, to me, he appears to be like completely fantastic.”
Prescott suffered the damage on the successful landing move to Lamb in time beyond regulation in opposition to the New England Patriots, and the Cowboys benefitted from having their bye, with government vp Stephen Jones saying “it might’ve been a tricky one” for Prescott to have performed final week.
Talking on 105.3 The Fan in Dallas on Tuesday, proprietor and normal supervisor Jerry Jones mentioned he was extra optimistic about Prescott’s probabilities of enjoying in opposition to the Vikings, however with the follow week beginning Wednesday, the Cowboys will take a conservative strategy earlier than making their remaining determination.
“He will follow and he’ll undergo the person a part of it and he is within the recreation plans. He is getting ready to play,” McCarthy mentioned. “He is bought to cross the brink to verify he is full-go.”
McCarthy didn’t outline the brink, however mentioned a part of the willpower might be made by Prescott and affiliate athletic coach and director of rehabilitation Britt Brown, who oversaw the quarterback’s restoration from his ankle and shoulder accidents within the final 12 months.
“Britt and Dak have an incredible historical past and relationship so I really feel like we’ll be on the identical web page with how he progresses by means of this,” McCarthy mentioned. “He will do every little thing he can to play on Sunday. That is a given.”
McCarthy acknowledged quarterbacks can “in all probability play with a calf pressure earlier within the rehab course of than the opposite positions.” As head coach of the Green Bay Packers in 2014, McCarthy noticed Aaron Rodgers cope with a calf damage late within the common season and into the playoffs, all the way in which to the NFC Championship Sport.
“It was troublesome. The climate was totally different, two outside video games then performed up in Seattle there within the NFC Championship Sport, so yeah, that was a problem,” McCarthy mentioned. “Nevertheless it was January. It was a unique time of 12 months and had some totally different circumstances.”
Contemplating the Cowboys are enjoying their seventh recreation of the 12 months Sunday and have a 3.5-game lead within the NFC East, does that affect the membership’s determination with Prescott?
“I believe it is a clear determination, we do not need this to be a week-to-week state of affairs, so till he clears that threshold to attempt to decrease the chance is absolutely what the choice will come all the way down to,” McCarthy mentioned.
McCarthy mentioned Cooper Rush will get work with the No. 1 offense, no matter Prescott’s well being. Rush has not performed in a recreation since 2019 and has not thrown a move since 2017, finishing 1 of two throws in mop-up responsibility for Prescott.
“It is a matter of making an attempt to verify Cooper is prepared and to verify Dak is getting what he wants,” McCarthy mentioned. “We have got to verify we’re getting Cooper prepared too.”
Ezekiel Elliott wasn’t certain Prescott would play Sunday, however added, “From what we’re listening to it feels like he might be accessible. However, not saying I’m not nervous about it as a result of clearly we wish to have Dak on the market, however I’ve a variety of confidence in [Rush]. He had an excellent day as we speak.”
Lamb mentioned the Cowboys are planning as if Prescott will play.
“Even when he isn’t, we’re ready for whoever is up subsequent,” Lamb mentioned. “However I am nearly 90 p.c certain he’ll be on the market.”