Dak Prescott won’t play the Giants on Monday night, but the Cowboys quarterback made headlines ahead of kickoff nonetheless. Prescott confirmed that he had the stitches removed from his surgically repaired right thumb hours before his teammates hosted the Giants.
Monday is the second game Prescott has missed after breaking his thumb during the Cowboys’ season opener loss against the Buccaneers. Before throwing the ball during pre-game warm-ups, Prescott spoke about his recovery and when he plans to return to the field.
“A couple of weeks and I count this week as one of them,” Prescott told ESPN’s Lisa Salters, adding that he doesn’t rule out playing the Cowboys’ upcoming game against the Commanders.
Prescott’s ability to handle the ball is the determining factor when he returns to the field. The Cowboys declined to put Prescott on reserve immediately after the injury and are hoping to have him back on the field sometime in early to mid-October.
“We want him to be in the next four games,” said Cowboys owner Jerry Jones. 105.3 Fan two days after Prescott was injured.
Dallas won their first game without Prescott, defeating the Bengals 20–17, causing backup quarterback Cooper Rush to engineer a late winning drive. Despite converting less than 60% of his attempts this season, Rush took care of the ball and helped the Cowboys boast the league’s most effective offense in the league’s red zone, coming into play on Monday night.
On Monday night, the Rush and the Cowboys will face the Giants defense, which currently ranks eighth in the league in points allowed and passes allowed, first in third down efficiency and sixth in red zone efficiency. However, the Giants have been less than stellar in the fight against running as they currently rank 21st in the league in yards allowed.