Jerry Jones wasn’t exaggerating when according to ProFootballTalk.from thumb surgery. Days after Cowboys owner suggested the team’s star quarterback could be back on the field sooner rather than later, general manager Stephen Jones confirmed it. Ahead of Sunday’s Dallas game against the Bengals, the latter told 105.3 The Fan that Prescott could be back in the roster as early as Week 3 against the Giants.
“He’s got a chance, maybe a third or fourth game,” Jones said of Prescott’s recovery, according to PFT. “Let’s see what happens.”
Jerry Jones had previously indicated that Prescott would not go to injury reserve, which would require a minimum of four games because the Cowboys believed he would resume shooting in the near future: “That’s not optimistic,” Jones added. “This is a good operation.” Coach Mike McCarthy later echoed this sentiment, suggesting that he had to keep Prescott out of training so as not to tempt QB into rushing his rehabilitation.
Prescott’s initial prediction after breaking part of his arm in the Cowboys’ season opener loss to the Buccaneers was that he would miss six to eight weeks. However, the hiatus turned out to be “cleaner” than expected, with subsequent reports suggesting that Prescott would return sometime in weeks 5-7. If the Pro Bowl signaller had actually dressed for the Giants game in week three, a Monday night event that would have given him an extra day of recovery ahead of time, he would have missed only one game.
Meanwhile, the Cowboys turn to veteran supporter Cooper Rush at center. The former undrafted reserve won in place of the injured Prescott in 2021 and led Dallas to a 17-3 lead against the Bengals in Sunday’s first half game.