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Jerry Jones: Dak Prescott can’t yet grip well enough to play

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In the long run, Jerry Jones put on the brakes.

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Forget the Dallas Cowboys winning streak, forget Cooper Rush’s 4-0 career record as a starter, forget the Cowboys owner’s disagreement over who could be his team’s quarterback later in 2022.

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On Tuesday morning, Jones told Dallas radio station 105.3 The Fan that he couldn’t imagine the number of wins or the level of play that would have prompted him to favor Rush over seven-year-old pro Dak Prescott.

“No, no, no,” Jones said Tuesday morning. “As I see it today.”

When Prescott has recovered enough from a broken right throwing thumb, he will reclaim the throne as the franchise’s quarterback.

Is this time to come? It seems not.

According to head coach Mike McCarthy, Prescott will meet with a doctor on Tuesday, three weeks and one day after surgery to repair his thumb. On September 26, Prescott had a stitch removed from his thumb and later that week said that while he can shoot easily, he is not yet shooting with purpose.

The Cowboys want him to go through a full week of training before returning to play, McCarthy said Monday afternoon. Until Prescott takes pictures of the first team and fully participates in the training leading up to the competition, Rush will continue his work with relief.

Jones reiterated that the main issue was grip strength, not re-injury.

Can Prescott hold a soccer ball?

“No, not good enough to play,” Jones said on Tuesday.

Cowboys owner Jerry Jones dismissed any suggestion, even his own, that Dak Prescott would resume his duties as starting quarterback as soon as he fully recovered.  But he's not there yet.  (AP Photo/Steve Luciano)
Cowboys owner Jerry Jones dismissed any suggestion, even his own, that Dak Prescott would resume his duties as starting quarterback as soon as he fully recovered. But this is not the case yet. (AP Photo/Steve Luciano)

Over three starts, Rush completed 61.8% of passes for 673 yards, four touchdowns, no turnovers, and a 100.1 rating.

Prescott struggled in the season opener, completing just 48.3% of his passes for 134 yards and an interception against a defiant Tampa Bay Buccaneers defense.

But he compiled a 53-33 record in seven years, throwing 66.4% for 22,217 yards and 143 touchdowns with 51 interceptions. Prescott’s career rating is 98.2, including a 104.2 and 37:10 touchdown-to-interception last season. He is also more agile than Rush, having rushed for 1,471 yards and thrown for 25 touchdowns like a pro.

The Cowboys visit the defending Super Bowl champion Los Angeles Rams on Sunday. They travel next week to face their NFC East rival and the only undefeated NFL team, the Philadelphia Eagles.

Jones has refused to cut Prescott from a game against the Rams this week, although the $40 million quarterback is not yet expected to return.

“I know he will be on the field every day and will make progress in terms of tackling the ball,” Jones said of Prescott. “I don’t know what you could ask for better news technically, physically, how he’s reacting and healing, so to speak.”

Follow Jori Epstein of Sportzshala Sports on Twitter. @JoriEpstein https://twitter.com/JoriEpstein




Source: sports.yahoo.com

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