Dak Prescott's 2022 season debut ended in nightmarish fashion when he was hit in the hand by a Tampa Bay Buccaneers defender. The play resulted in a significant injury that requires surgery. Initial timelines suggest the Cowboys quarterback can return within six to eight weeks.
However, Cowboys owner Jerry Jones told reporters this Tuesday morning that Prescott may return much earlier than expected. In fact, he's making a surprising decision to prove it.
Jones and the Cowboys are not placing Prescott on the injured reserve. They are hopeful the franchise quarterback can return in four weeks.
"I think what we’re going to do here is we won’t be putting him on IR, which means we want him to be consideration for playing within the next 4 games. We will NOT put him on IR," said Jones.
That's a much more optimistic outlook than what was previously believed about Dak Prescott's timeline to return from injury. Initially, Prescott was looking at missing six to eight weeks.
If it's just four weeks, then the Cowboys can definitely get away with starting backup Cooper Rush for the time being. There's no reason to trade for a quarterback who will only play for four weeks.
Hopefully Dallas can rattle off a few wins to stay alive in the NFC East race while Prescott is away recovering.