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Cowboys' Dak Prescott off Injury Report vs. Eagles Despite Sprained Shoulder

Megan ArmstrongAnalyst IIIDecember 20, 2019

ARLINGTON, TEXAS - DECEMBER 15: Dak Prescott #4 of the Dallas Cowboys passes against the Los Angeles Rams in the third quarter at AT&T Stadium on December 15, 2019 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Richard Rodriguez/Getty Images)
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Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott was limited again in practice Friday with his sprained right shoulder, according to the team's injury report, but the absence of a listed game status indicates that the 26-year-old will play Sunday. 

Prescott had already told reporters on Thursday that he'll "be good to go" for the Cowboys' game at Philadelphia. Both squads are 7-7, and Dallas can clinch the NFC East for the second straight season by defeating the Eagles.

"I'm getting better, simple as that," Prescott added. "Mobility, function of it, it's all improving. That's the key. That's the goal. ... It's just annoying. I mean, it's nagging. Definitely dealt with a lot more pain, so it's just annoying."

Prescott hadn't been throwing at all in practice earlier this week but showed improvement Friday:

Jane Slater @SlaterNFL

He also went full out in the jumping jacks warmup. Showing the range of motion was there as well. https://t.co/xvtb82ZxJ7

Prescott has been dealing with a sprained left wrist and index finger injury in his throwing hand, both of which he suffered in Week 14 against Chicago, but he played through them last week and led the Cowboys to a 44-21 win over the Los Angeles Rams

During Fox's broadcast of the Cowboys-Rams game, Troy Aikman reported that Prescott had disclosed to him pregame that "he's got a hairline fracture on the tip of that index finger." The 2016 fourth-round pick threw for 212 yards, two touchdowns and no interceptions on 15-of-23 passing—season-lows for Prescott in terms of completions and attempts in a game.

The Mississippi State product mentioned to reporters Thursday, too, that he dealt with something similar to his shoulder injury "every other week" in college but never missed a game as a result. That durability followed him to the NFL, as he has never missed a regular-season start. 

Cowboys vice president Stephen Jones and Eagles head coach Doug Pederson each spoke to Prescott's toughness on Friday:

Jon Machota @jonmachota

Cowboys VP Stephen Jones said on @1053thefan that he’s had several conversations with the team’s coaching and training staffs and they expect Dak Prescott to be able to execute everything in the playbook. “I think we’ll get his best. There’s no one I’d rather have under center.”

Jon Machota @jonmachota

Eagles coach Doug Pederson: "Listen, if you know Dak Prescott, and I've had a chance to meet him and talk to him, he's a tough kid. He's not going to miss this game. We know that. He's a competitor and he'll want to play. We know that. "Expect a full Dak Prescott on Sunday."

Prescott and the Cowboys annihilated the Eagles 37-10 in their first meeting on Oct. 20, and Dallas only needed the two-time Pro Bowler to complete 21-of-27 passes for 239 yards, one touchdown and one interception in order to do so. He also rushed for 30 yards and a touchdown.

Overall this season, Prescott has 4,334 yards, 26 touchdowns and 11 interceptions on a 65.5 completion percentage alongside 235 yards and three touchdowns on 48 rushes.

The Cowboys need the best Prescott can give them if they hope to play postseason football in back-to-back years for the first time since the 2006-07 and 2007-08 campaigns.