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Mike McCarthy Sends Clear Message On Cowboys Quarterback Dak Prescott

Mike McCarthy and Dak Prescott of the Cowboys.

Dak Prescott has officially returned from thumb surgery and is expected to make the start for the Dallas Cowboys this Sunday. 

It's a big development for Mike McCarthy and Co., which managed to go 4-1 in Prescott's absence while Cooper Rush ran the show. 

So what kind of boost does Prescott give the Cowboys now that he's back in the mix?

McCarthy explains that Prescott's leadership ability is what separates him from a good quarterback to a true franchise leader. 

Mike McCarthy on the emotional lift of Prescott: "No. 1, his leadership ability, personality is top notch, off the charts. That energy definitely has been felt without a doubt. Anybody that knows Dak or has been a teammate of his understands the energy that he brings every day."

Now that Dak Prescott is back in the mix the Cowboys can open up their offensive attack and be a little more diverse with the play-calling. 

The Cowboys battle the Lions of Detroit this Sunday.