Dak Prescott, Dallas Cowboys
Dak Prescott #4 of the Dallas Cowboys throws a touchdown pass to Blake Jarwin #89 during the second quarter against the Philadelphia Eagles in the game at AT&T Stadium on October 20, 2019 in Arlington, Texas. Tom Pennington/Getty Images


  • Dak Prescott is coming along well in his recovery from a thumb injury
  • Cooper Rush has played exceptionally well in his stead
  • Prescott may opt to return after their bye week in Week 9

The Dallas Cowboys have been doing pretty well for themselves since quarterback Dak Prescott went down with injury in their season-opener against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, but they are poised to reach greater heights with his impending return.

Wide receiver CeeDee Lamb spoke with ESPN's Ed Werder about Prescott's progress, claiming that "physically, he's got his power back" and that "you feel it in every throw".

The Cowboys have had to rely on five-year veteran Cooper Rush to hold down the fort in Prescott's absence and the Central Michigan product has been impressive since being thrown into the fire.

In four games as a starter, he has thrown for 775 yards plus four touchdowns while having a completion rating of 61.9%–though he has been sacked five times, lost two fumbles, and recovered one of them.

Rush's performance has taken the NFL world by storm and with good reason too since he was signed by the Cowboys as an undrafted free agent in 2017, repeatedly waived and signed to the Cowboys' practice squad, before getting his breakout moment this season.

Dallas has not been shy in admitting their appreciation for Rush's performance in the time that Prescott got sidelined and his history with former Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett played a role in his performances.

Cowboys fans can expect to see Rush take the field again for the Cowboys in Week 6 against the Philadelphia Eagles after a revelation from Mike McCarthy.

"I think we're still in the medical rehab phase. So once he clears this phase and he's fully activated, then I think that's when we have our conversation," McCarthy mentioned which puts Prescott on the shelf for a little bit longer.

McCarthy was later reported to have confirmed this idea after revealing that Rush will draw the start.

With how his backup quarterback has been playing, it might be the smarter move for Prescott not to rush his return and risk re-aggravating his thumb injury.

Rush has proven to be a capable starter in the meantime and certainly looks ready enough to get the offense rolling against the Eagles.

Thus far, the Eagles and Cowboys are ranked in the top ten of the NFL's defensive rankings after putting up impressive performances in the past five weeks with Philadelphia being the lone undefeated team.

Rush and the Cowboys would want nothing more than to hand them their first loss of the season as a sort of welcome-back gift to Prescott when he eventually returns.

If things go well in Week 6, it would not be a surprise to have Prescott return after their Week 9 bye since they face the 1-4 Detroit Lions and 2-3 Chicago Bears in Week 7 and 8 respectively to give him all the momentum he needs.

Dak Prescott, Dallas Cowboys
Dak Prescott #4 of the Dallas Cowboys has his hand examined by team surgeon Dr. Dan Cooper during the second half of the game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at AT&T Stadium on September 11, 2022 in Arlington, Texas. Tom Pennington/Getty Images