The Dallas Cowboys are getting by without star quarterback Dak Prescott, and they’ll presumably need more Cooper Rush heroics for at least one more game.
The 29-year-old Prescott suffered a hand injury in the Cowboys’ Week 1 home game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, a 19-3 loss for Dallas. Prescott had to undergo surgery and has missed the team’s last two games.
Prescott struggled in the outing, completing 14 of 29 pass attempts for zero touchdowns and one interception.
Cowboys head coach Mike McCarthy provided an update on Prescott’s status, revealing that No. 4 is experiencing some swelling on his thumb. McCarthy added that there is no timeline on when Prescott will return to throwing a football, via Rob Phillips of the Cowboys’ team website:
“He still has some swelling that he has to deal with. Once he gets past the swelling and the strengthening stage, then he’ll get to the point where he’ll be able to throw. He’ll be dealing with more rehab this week and hopefully we’ll get the swelling and the strength where it needs to be. But I do not have a timeline on when he’ll start throwing”
It appears as though Prescott will not be suiting up for Dallas’ Week 4 home tilt against the NFC East rival Washington Commanders, who are 1-2 on the season. Rush, who’s 3-0 in games started for the Cowboys, is likely to get the nod for a third straight week.
The 29-year-old Rush finished out Dallas’ aforementioned game against Tampa Bay. He played admirably well in the team’s Week 2 contest against the reigning AFC Champion Cincinnati Bengals, completing 19 of 31 pass attempts for 235 yards and one touchdown.
Rush tuned in another strong performance against the New York Giants on Monday evening, completing 21 passes for 215 yards and one TD. For the young season, Rush has 514 passing yards and two touchdowns without any interceptions.
At this point, it looks like the soonest Prescott could return is Week 5, when the Cowboys travel to SoFi Stadium to take on the defending Super Bowl champion Los Angeles Rams. For now, the Cowboys will continue to lean on one of the top underdog stories through the early course of the regular season in Rush.