Cowboys’ Dak Prescott, CeeDee Lamb questionable vs. Eagles

FRISCO — Dak Prescott has not participated in a competitive, 11-on-11 setting in more than a month. He did not lead the scout team this week; that was Will Grier doing his best impersonation of Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Jalen Hurts. Prescott did not receive live snap exchanges from behind center Wednesday or Thursday in the segment of practice open to reporters. He watched Cooper Rush and Grier do so.

And yet, the Cowboys listed their franchise quarterback as questionable Friday on their injury report.

Interesting.

It would be a world-class misdirection move on the Eagles, general public and local beat reporters — truly, hats off — if Prescott starts Sunday evening in Philadelphia. Cooper Rush is expected to receive that nod for a fifth straight game.

Prescott fractured his right thumb Sept. 11 against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and is trending toward a return this month. Next Sunday’s game, an Oct. 23 home matchup with the Detroit Lions, looks to be a realistic target.

McCarthy has said that he wants Prescott to have a full week of preparation before making his first start back. That was not this week. Prescott was a non-participant Wednesday in practice, throwing to receivers once it concluded. Aside from a few passes in individual drills, that was his practice activity level Thursday, too.

Those few throws are why the Cowboys upgraded him to a limited-participation listing on Thursday’s injury report.

“Clearly, Dak did a little more (Thursday) than scheduled, so that was a good sign,” McCarthy said Friday. “Today, he’s in regeneration mode with the rest of the team. He’s sore as you could expect. That’s the most that he has thrown to this point. We’ve got a plan for him (Saturday) and a plan for him Sunday.”

Those plans involved more throwing, McCarthy elaborated later. He said that Prescott “potentially” will throw in a competitive period during a light practice Saturday, calling that “one of the next hurdles” for Prescott to clear.

“He’ll definitely work out Sunday in the pregame,” McCarthy said.

Around the time the Cowboys announced their injury report Friday, executive vice president Stephen Jones appeared in a radio segment on 105.3 The Science [KRLD-FM]. He did not clarify Prescott’s status but confirmed Prescott is considered close to a return.

If Prescott is out Sunday, his next two chances to return would come against the aforementioned Lions in Week 7 and the Chicago Bears on Oct. 30 in Week 8. Jones was asked his confidence level that Prescott will return in time to face the Bears at AT&T Stadium.

“By the Bears game?” Jones said. “I would feel pretty strongly that he’ll definitely play by the Bears game. But we’ll see. I mean, until that thing is where he feels like it’s in a place where he can throw the ball properly and, as Jerry [Jones] would say, ‘spin it’ the right way, we’ll continue to work on that. It’s a day-to-day thing.”

Lamb questionable

A late-week addition to the injury report can be an ominous sign for a player’s game-day availability.

CeeDee Lamb does not appear at risk of missing this one.

The Cowboys wide receiver was added to the injury report Friday with a hip injury. Officially, he is listed as questionable for Sunday. Stephen Jones downplayed the circumstances surrounding Lamb’s situation.

Lamb dealt with a groin issue in practice last week, too. The hip ailment is a new listing.

“I just think he’s working through a couple things there,” Jones said on 105.3 The Fan, “and just felt like it was best for him not to practice today but feel like he’ll get all that sorted out for the game.”

Briefly

Running back Rico Dowdle (ankle) is the only player on the Cowboys’ 53-man roster ruled out. Running back Malik Davis and long snapper Matt Overton are expected to be elevated from the practice squad Saturday afternoon. For Davis, an undrafted rookie from Florida, Sunday’s game would mark his NFL regular-season debut. Most, if not all, his work figures to come on special teams. …Offensive lineman Jason Peters tore rib cartilage in practice last week but is expected to return from the resulting one-game absence. “Jason is doing really well,” McCarthy said. “I thought he felt [Thursday] work was probably his best work he’s had since he’s been here. He looks to be moving past the injury, so I really like the course that he’s on.” Peters spent 12 years with the Eagles. Before the injury, he saw an increasing number of reps in a left-guard rotation with Connor McGovern. …Tight end Dalton Schultz aggravated a right knee injury last Sunday, forcing him to play only three snaps and run zero routes in the second half. He practiced without a knee brace this week and carries no game-status designation.

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