Dak Prescott injury: Cowboys QB is ‘long shot’ to play against Eagles – Bleeding Green Nation

Dak Prescott injury: Cowboys QB is 'long shot' to play against Eagles - Bleeding Green Nation

Despite speculation that Dak Prescott might return for the Dallas Cowboys‘ big Week 6 game against the Philadelphia Eaglesone NFL insider still believes it’s a “long shot” to happen.

Ian Rapoport had this to say on NFL Network Wednesday morning:

“My understanding, and it’s something I talked about on Sunday, is it’s a little long for Dak to be out there on the field this week against the Eagles. Next week, much more realistic.

However, if he’s had some serious gains the last couple of days, if he can come out and throw a regular today Wednesday, maybe he can play. But a lot will be said by how much he participates in practice.”

Of course, one can ask if this report is a smokescreen. Although Prescott missing this game would rank with his original reported recovery timeline of “six to eight weeks”. This Sunday marks five weeks since he suffered a broken thumb.

Prescott is expected to throw in practice this week. It will definitely be worth checking out how he is doing.

If Prescott is truly healthy and able to play, this is obviously not a favorable development for the Eagles. But if the Cowboys rush him back too soon, well, the Eagles probably wouldn’t mind that.

The assumption here is that the Birds will end up seeing Cooper Rush. Dallas was able to win with him because Prescott was injured. Rush is 4-0 in starts this year and 5-0 if you include a start from last season.

It’s not like Rush set the world on fire. The Cowboys scored just 20.8 offensive points per game in their starts. He benefited from Dallas leaning on their running game and a defense anchored by one of the NFL’s best pass units.

Rush also did a nice job of running the ball with just one turnover. One may wonder if he should soon regress in that category.

Regardless of who starts, the Eagles figure to have their work cut out for them. The Cowboys are a legitimately good football team.

Then again, so are the Birds. They have to find a way to win to avoid going into the bye with a loss to Dallas looming over them for two weeks.

In related news, Eagles defensive coordinator Jonathan Gannon discussed Rush on Tuesday.

Q. What’s the best way to describe what Cowboys QB Cooper Rush does that works for them?

JONATHAN GANNON: Performance. I think he is playing very effective now. He knows where to go with the ball. He is precise. He runs the offense. They put a lot on the quarterback’s plate to get him in ideal calls, and he does that. They are talented around him. He is playing really good football now, and they have good players around him. I think he is very effective now. First and second down and third down, situational ball, Red Zone. They play well. We have a big challenge.

Q. Do you prepare differently for Dallas Cowboys QB Cooper Rush compared to if Dallas Cowboys QB Dak Prescott plays?

JONATHAN GANNON: It’s a very similar offense when we look at Dak from all of last year and then even the first game and then the last four that Cooper played. It’s not much. I mean, he does a good job. They really didn’t break stride when he came into the game, and he’s played these last four games. Doug [Nussmeier], the quarterback coach, is a really good coach. Obviously, Kellen [Moore] is a really good coach. They do a good job with him.

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