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When Jerry Jones projected Dak Prescott's quick comeback from thumb surgery, he wasn't exaggerating. Days after Cowboys owner Jerry Jones hinted that the team's top quarterback would be back on the field sooner rather than later, CEO Stephen Jones has confirmed it. Prior to Dallas' Sunday game against the Bengals, the latter informed 105.3 The Fan that Prescott may return to the lineup as early as Week 3 against the Giants, according to ProFootballTalk.
According to PFT, Jones stated of Prescott's comeback, "He's got a shot, maybe the third or fourth game." "We'll see how things go."
Jerry Jones earlier stated that Prescott will not be placed on injured reserve, which would necessitate at least a four-game layoff, since the Cowboys expected him to return throwing soon: "That isn't optimistic," Jones remarked. "That's us having successful surgery." Coach Mike McCarthy subsequently repeated the notion, saying he had to keep Prescott away from practice so as not to entice the QB to push his recovery.
Prescott's initial diagnosis after fracturing part of his hand in the Cowboys' season-opening defeat to the Buccaneers was a six to eight-week absence. However, the break was "cleaner" than expected, and subsequent sources predicted Prescott's comeback anytime between Weeks 5-7.
If the Pro Bowl quarterback had played in Week 3's Giants game, a Monday night game that would have given him an extra day of rest, he would have just missed one game.
Meanwhile, experienced backup Cooper Rush is taking over at quarterback for the Cowboys. In 2021, the previously undrafted reserve won in place of an injured Prescott, leading Dallas to a 17-3 lead over the Bengals in the first half.