Despite speculation that Dak Prescott could return for the Dallas Cowboys’ big Week 6 game against the Philadelphia Eagles, an NFL insider still believes it’s a “long shot” to happen.
Ian Rapoport had the following to say on NFL Network Wednesday morning:
“From what I understand, and it’s something I talked about on Sunday, it’s a little long for Dak to be on the court this week against the Eagles. Next week, much more realistic.
However, if he has made some serious gains in the past few days, if he can get out and throw consistently today Wednesday, maybe he can play. But a lot will be said by how much he participates in the practice.
Of course, one can wonder if this report is not a smokescreen. Although Prescott missed that game, he would fit into his original “six to eight week” recovery schedule. This Sunday marks five weeks since he suffered a broken thumb.
Prescott is expected to practice this week. It will certainly be worth watching how it performs.
If Prescott is truly healthy and able to play, that’s obviously not a favorable development for the Eagles. But if the Cowboys bring him back too soon, well, the Eagles probably wouldn’t care.
The guess here is that the Birds will eventually see Cooper Rush. Dallas has been able to win with him since Prescott got injured. Rush is 4-0 in starts this year and 5-0 if you include a start from last season.
It’s not like Rush set the world on fire. The Cowboys scored just 20.8 offensive points per game in his starts. He’s benefited from Dallas relying on its running game and a defense anchored by one of the NFL’s best passing rushing units.
Rush also did a good job taking care of the ball with just one turnover. One wonders if he is not on the verge of regressing in this category.
Regardless of who starts, the Eagles think they have their work cut out for them. The Cowboys are legitimately a good football team.
Again, the birds too. They must find a way to win to avoid going into the bye with a loss to Dallas looming over them for two weeks.
In related news, Eagles defensive coordinator Jonathan Gannon discussed Rush on Tuesday.
Q. What is the best way to describe what Cowboys QB Cooper Rush does and works for them?
JONATHAN GANNON: Efficiency. I think he is playing very effectively right now. He knows where to go with the ball. He is precise. He leads the attack. They put a lot on the quarterback’s plate to allow him to make ideal calls, and he does. They are talented around him. He is playing really good football at the moment, and they have good players around him. I think he is very effective right now. First and second down and third down, situation ball, red zone. They play well. We have a big challenge.
Q. Do you prepare differently for Dallas Cowboys QB Cooper Rush compared to if Dallas Cowboys QB Dak Prescott plays?
JONATHAN GANNON: It’s a very similar offense when you look at Dak from all of last year, then even the first game, then the last four that Cooper has played. It’s not a lot. I mean, he does a good job. They really didn’t break the tempo when he came into the game, and he’s played those last four games. Doug [Nussmeier], the quarterback coach, is a very good coach. Obviously, Kellen [Moore] is a very good coach. They do a good job with him.