Jerry Jones says Dak Prescott is gripping the ball stronger: 'He is improving'

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Jerry Jones won’t guarantee that Dak Prescott will play next week when the Dallas Cowboys take on the Philadelphia Eagles, but the quarterback is making progress.

Prescott has been out since fracturing his right thumb late in the Cowboys' Week 1 loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Prescott’s recovery is said to be going smoothly, and that Week 6 tilt in Philly has been identified as the most likely return date.

Whether he actually will be back then remains to be seen, but Jerry Jones told “The K&C Masterpiece” in his weekly Friday appearance that the quarterback is in a good spot.

“He is improving, and he is gripping it stronger and he is doing some of the things. Is he able to grip and throw in a way that you’d want him to play in a ballgame? No. But is he making a lot of improvement – which is key in a rehab situation – yes. I don’t know when he will be back out there, but I will tell you he is improving."

Jones previously has said that because of the plate inserted into Prescott’s thumb that the bone technically doesn’t need to be fully healed in order to return to playing.

Because of that, the most important thing for Prescott is making sure he can grip the ball normally. That he’s continuing to grip it stronger is an encouraging sign for the Cowboys.

In the meantime, Cooper Rush has done a perfectly fine job in Prescott’s place. He’ll look to win his fourth straight game this season when the Cowboys face the Rams in Los Angeles on Sunday.

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