Keep in mind that Duck Prescott is not a doctor.
However, the Dallas Cowboys quarterback knows his body and is optimistic about returning to the playing field next week against the Washington Commanders. Those are the words of ESPN correspondent Lisa Salters, who spoke with Prescott before Monday’s game between the Cowboys and the New York Giants.
Prescott showed Salters his surgically reconstructed right thumb before the game, which removed the stitches earlier on Monday. Then, during a warm-up, he threw a soccer ball in public for the first time after breaking his thumb in the season opener when the Cowboys lost to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
The initial forecast suggested that Prescott would be sidelined for 6-8 weeks, severely hurting the Cowboys’ hopes for 2022. The schedule he gave Salters would allow him to hit the field 3-5 weeks ahead of that schedule.
“He said he felt great,” Salters said. “He was going to go talk to the doctor right after that and hopefully get the green light to start grabbing and throwing the ball again.
“When I asked him when he thought he might be back, he said, ‘A couple of weeks and I think this is one of them.
Salters then revealed that when she asked for clarity on the game in week four, Prescott replied that he “ruled nothing”.
Prescott is not the first to predict a return to the field soon. Team owner Jerry Jones – also not a doctor – announced Week 4 vs. Commanders as last week’s return date.
If Prescott returns next week, or even Week 5 against the Los Angeles Rams, it will be a boon for the Cowboys’ season, which many have written off as a loss due to a thumb injury. Since then, backup quarterback Cooper Rush has led the Cincinnati Bengals’ rout to prevent a 0-2 start and keep the Cowboys from pitting deep to start the season. They beat the Giants again on Monday, improving the score to 2-1.
The Philadelphia Eagles had established themselves as the class of the NFC East and perhaps the entire conference on their way to a 3-0 start. But, armed with a healthy Prescott at center and a talented Mickey Parsons defense, the Cowboys could hope to give them a shot.
If it’s back, save the date. The Eagles host the Cowboys on October 16 in Week 6.