DALLAS (105.3 The Fan) - Could Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott return on Sunday against Jalen Hurts and the Philadelphia Eagles? According to Cowboys owner Jerry Jones, Prescott needs to prove hand strength has fully returned first.
"He's got to spin the ball," Jones said. "He's got to really spin the ball. Just think about it, put your hand down on something that would be the equivalent of a football. Try to to do that without thumb strength. Try to spin that ball. Try to direct that ball without thumb strength if you're really giving it a proper thumb. you can't do it. But if you do have strength and can grip the ball, then you can spin the ball."
Prescott has been out since fracturing his right thumb late in the Cowboys' Week 1 loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
In place of Prescott, backup Cooper Rush has helped lead the Cowboys to four straight wins, most recently over the defending Super Bowl champion Los Angeles Rams.
However, Dallas will face its toughest test yet on Sunday against the undefeated Eagles.
That said, Prescott’s recovery is said to be going smoothly, and the tilt in Philly has been identified as the most likely return date.
The Cowboys will start working on Prescott's ability to 'spin the ball' on Wednesday.
"Can he zip the ball out there and make the throw? We'll start working on that Wednesday," Jones said. "He's certainly doing the kinds of things medically that you want to do. That is the indications the x-rays, all of that, having tremendous improvement. But can he spin the ball? We know Dak Prescott can play and we know he will be ready to play, the minute he gets the chance to go into the game. Can he spin the ball? We'll see."
Coach Mike McCarthy said last week that he wants to see Prescott get in a full week's worth of practices before he'll throw him into game action.
It sounds like Prescott will get an opportunity to do just that this week.