Despite speculation that Dak Prescott could return for the Dallas Cowboys’ big Week 6 game against the Philadelphia Eagles, an NFL insider still believes it’s a “long shot.”
Ian Rapport had this to say on NFL Network Wednesday morning:
“My understanding, and I talked about that on Sunday, is that being on the field against the Eagles this week is a bit of a stretch for Dak. Next week, much more realistic.
However, if he’s had some serious gains over the past few days, if he can go out and throw regularly today Wednesday, maybe he can play. But how much he does in practice will say a lot.”
Of course, one can ask whether this report is a smoke screen. Though Prescott misses that game, it would match his originally reported recovery timeline of “six to eight weeks.” It’s been five weeks this Sunday since he broke his thumb.
Prescott is expected to throw in practice this week. It will certainly be worth watching how he is doing.
Of course, if Prescott is truly healthy and capable, that’s not a good development for the Eagles. But if the Cowboys push him back too soon, well, the Eagles probably wouldn’t mind.
The guess here is that the birds will end up seeing Cooper Rush. Dallas has been able to win with him since Prescott got injured. Rush is at 4-0 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 have averaged just 20.8 offensive points per game on his starts. He has benefited from Dallas leaning on their running game and a defense anchored by one of the NFL’s best pass-rushing units.
Rush also did a good job of maintaining the ball with just one rally. One can wonder if he’s due for a regression in this category soon.
Regardless of who starts, the Eagles have work to do. The Cowboys are a pretty good football team.
On the other hand, so are the birds. They need to find a way to win to avoid going into a two-week bye loss to Dallas.
In related news, Eagles defensive coordinator Jonathan Gannon spoke about Rush on Tuesday.
Q. What’s the best way to describe what Cowboys QB Cooper Rush does that works for them?
JONATHAN GANNON: Efficiency. I think he’s playing very efficiently at the moment. He knows where to go with the ball. He is accurate. He commits the crime. They’re pushing the quarterback hard to get him making ideal calls, and he’s doing it. You are talented around him. He’s playing really good football at the moment and they have good players around them. I think he’s very efficient at the moment. 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 than when Dallas Cowboys QB plays Dak Prescott?
JONATHAN GANNON: It’s a very similar offense if we look at Dak from all of last year and then even the first game and then the last four that Cooper has played. It is not much. I mean he’s doing a good job. When he came into the game, they really didn’t falter, and he’s played those last four games. Doug [Nussmeier], the quarterback coach, is a really good coach. Obviously trowels [Moore] is a really good coach. You’re doing a good job with him.