The Dallas Cowboys aired on the side of caution in their Week 8 matchup with the Minnesota Vikings. Despite Quarterback Dak Prescott looking great and showing no signs that he couldn't play during pregame warmups after rehabbing his injured calf, the Cowboys rolled the dice with backup Cooper Rush and the team pulled out a 20-16 win in the final minute.
With Rush performing the way did with 325 yards and two touchdowns, the rumblings of Prescott missing one more game to be on the safe side began. That's very understandable seeing as the Cowboys have 10 games left and are just a half-game back of the Green Bay Packers, Arizona Cardinals, and Los Angeles Rams for the top seed in the NFC. However, Head Coach Mike McCarthy expects Prescott to be a “full go” at practice on Thursday.
Cowboys coach Mike McCarthy said he expects QB Dak Prescott (calf) will be "full go" for Thursday's practice.
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Prescott was asked after the Cowboys win if him returning for the team's Week 9 contest against the Denver Broncos was a possibility, and the two-time Pro Bowl selection didn't hesitate to yes.
“For sure,” Prescott said. “I was getting prepared to play this game. I'm a guy that takes it day-by-day, moment-at-moment, and right now, I'm going to celebrate this win with the guys and worry about rehabbing…tomorrow.”
The Cowboys made the right decision by giving Prescott an extra week to heal from his calf strain, and the fact that they were able to squeeze out a win in his absence speaks volumes about the resolve they have as a team. With two straight home games on the horizon for the Cowboys, it appears that there's a great chance Prescott will be back under center for both.