The Dallas Cowboys have shown great resiliency winning all three games so far with starting quarterback Dak Prescott on the sidelines with a broken thumb. While Cooper Rush has been more than serviceable, after almost a month, it’s only natural for the anticipation of Prescott’s return to ramp up.

That speculation will become a lot clearer soon. Prescott is set to meet with a medical expert on Tuesday which will set the final stage of his rehab to get him back on the field.

The important thing with this doctor visit is to see how the bone in Prescott’s thumb is healing. Ultimately, that will directly affect when he’ll be able to grip the football enough to throw it at a high level.

Cowboys’ owner, Jerry Jones, gave some clarity on where Prescott is in that regard. During his appearance on 105.3 The Fan, Jones mentioned that Prescott still hasn’t gotten there at the moment.

“No, not well enough to play,” Jones said.

Prescott had been eyeing a return this week against the Los Angeles Rams. However, seeing as his grip isn’t up to par, the likelihood of Prescott being ready by Sunday is highly doubtful.

As is the case with an injury, there has to be progression on the practice field before suiting up for a game. Cowboys’ head coach, Mike McCarthy recently spoke on how he wanted to see Prescott go through a full week of practice before he takes the field again.

All signs point to Prescott being back for Week 6 against the Philadelphia Eagles at the earliest, and that depends heavily on the results of his appointment on Tuesday. With such an important season at stake, the Cowboys will certainly take every precaution necessary with Prescott in this situation.

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