Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott took a significant step toward returning to the field on Wednesday.
For the first time since undergoing surgery on his right thumb last month, Prescott threw passes at Cowboys practice.
While Prescott seems unlikely to return in time for the Cowboys' primetime showdown with the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday night, throwing to receivers represents progress. And according to ESPN's Todd Archer, Prescott said it went well.
"Dak Prescott said he felt 'great,' after his first throwing session since undergoing right thumb surgery. He said he plans to throw more on Thursday. 'Solid. Ask the receivers,' he smiled when asked how it went. 'I always got some pop on my (passes).'" -- Todd Archer
Prescott underwent surgery on Sept. 12, the day after he suffered a fracture during the Cowboys' Week One loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Cooper Rush has started in his place and has played well, leading the Cowboys to four consecutive wins.
The Cowboys have not set a return date for Prescott. According to NFL.com, coach Mike McCarthy said Wednesday that he is "still in the medical rehab phase" and therefore not likely to play this weekend.
"Once he (Prescott) clears this phase and he's fully activated," McCarthy said, "I think that's when we have our conversation."