Cowboys' Dak Prescott Medically Cleared to Play After Thumb Injury, Per Mike McCarthy

Rob Goldberg@@TheRobGoldbergFeatured Columnist IVOctober 19, 2022

PHILADELPHIA, PA - OCTOBER 16: Dak Prescott #4 of the Dallas Cowboys looks on prior to the game against the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field on October 16, 2022 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images)
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Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott has been medically cleared to return to football, head coach Mike McCarthy told reporters on Wednesday.

Prescott is expected to throw 40-50 balls at practice on Thursday.

The 29-year-old has been out since undergoing surgery to repair a thumb injury he suffered in Week 1. Cooper Rush has made the last five starts for the Cowboys, helping the team go 4-1 in that time.

Prescott remains the team's best option when healthy. The two-time Pro Bowler finished last season with 4,449 passing yards and 37 touchdowns, helping the Cowboys lead the NFL in both total yards and points scored.

The quarterback also looked good in his limited throwing session ahead of the team's Week 6 game against the Philadelphia Eagles.

"Ball placement, throw the ball, strength, spin, zip, really the whole repertoire of being able to throw that football," Jones said on Shan and RJ. "... I don't think there will be any limitations."

Getting Prescott back would be huge for a Cowboys offense that currently ranks 23rd in the league in points per game and 27th in offensive yards. The squad is loaded with playmakers, including CeeDee Lamb, Michael Gallup, Ezekiel Elliott and Tony Pollard, but Rush's limitations held the unit back.

Dallas is set to host the Detroit Lions on Sunday.