The Dallas Cowboys have responded well since quarterback Dak Prescott went down with a broken thumb, winning both games so far in his absence. Prescott has had his stitches removed and has begun throwing again, making his return right around the corner.

Week 5 against the Los Angeles Rams has been when Prescott has hoped to get back to action. However, according to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, Prescott is still dealing with some swelling, making Week 6 against the Philadelphia Eagles a more realistic date for his return.

For the Cowboys, it’s better to safe than sorry in this situation. They are more than capable of beating the Washington Commanders with Cooper Rush at the helm. If so, it would make a lot of sense to be as cautious as possible with Prescott and give it another week to make sure he’s fully prepared to play.

The main objective for Rush with Prescott out is to keep the team afloat during this time. He’s more than done so which has given the Cowboys more leeway with Prescott, and with his recent injury history, Dallas may give him some extra time.

Another reason the Cowboys can take their time with Prescott is their defense. They have yet to allow any team to score 20 points on them and currently led the NFL with 13 sacks through the games. This type of defensive prowess would be vital at any time for the Cowboys, but especially with Rush under center because he’s more likely to be in a scenario where he will have to manage the game and not win it.

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