Rapoport adds more clarity to Dak Prescott timeline, including 'most realistic' return date

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It’s looking like the Cowboys offense will belong to Cooper Rush a bit longer.

Rush has been keeping Dallas afloat the last two weeks as the Cowboys await the return of Dak Prescott, who is recovering from a thumb fracture.

Prescott sustained the injury in Week 1, and was given a 4-to-6 week timeline for a return. Cowboys owner Jerry Jones at times expressed optimism Prescott might be able to return sooner than expected, but to date the quarterback remains sidelined.

While Prescott is getting closer, NFL Media’s Ian Rapoport indicated that a return to game action might still be a couple weeks away.

“He is getting closer,” Rapoport said Wednesday on NFL Network. “He had his stitches out earlier in the week Monday. Which is good because, really this is in several phases as Dak Prescott tries to recover from the broken thumb that he had early on this season.

“There’s a phase where you really just want the wound to heal, that’s about a week. Then you want swelling to go down, that’s another week. Then you get the stitches out, then it’s usually two or three more weeks before a player can play if all goes perfectly well. It is all going really well.

“So, he’s unlikely to play this week, from my understanding he has an outside/slim chance to play against the Rams. I know that’s when he'd like to play, but probably a slim chance. But seems to have a good chance to play Oct. 16 against the Eagles. That’s probably the most realistic time when we could see Dak Prescott.”

The good news for the Cowboys is that Rush has been perfectly fine in place of Prescott the last two weeks. Whether he can sustain that for one, maybe two more weeks is a different question.

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