Dallas Cowboys’ Dak Prescott returning to play against Denver Broncos


Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott said Thursday that he will be back in the starting lineup for Sunday’s game against the Denver Broncos.

Prescott missed last Sunday night’s 20-16 victory over the Minnesota Vikings due to a strained right calf. He was injured during a 35-29 overtime win over the New England Patriots on Oct. 17.

“I’m feeling good,” Prescott said after being a full participant in Thursday’s practice. “Obviously I had two weeks to do a lot of rehab and recover, get everything that I needed to, the different modalities, and I feel good. Had two great days of practice and looking forward to Sunday.”

Prescott said the calf is “pretty close” to 100 percent.

The Cowboys had a bye the week after Prescott was injured but the calf didn’t heal sufficiently and Prescott was ruled out shortly before kickoff against the Vikings.

Backup Cooper Rush made his first career start and passed for 325 yards and two touchdowns, including the winning 5-yard toss to Amari Cooper with 51 seconds left.

Prescott found watching a game to be a bit surreal and initially disappointing.

“Every opportunity that we get to go out there, you don’t get many of them, you want to take advantage of it. But in the same sense, I got over it quick,” Prescott said. “I knew the perspective. I knew where we were coming from and this is a long journey.

“And we are a team that we can play for a long time. We can play into that last game so I had to keep that in mind when the decision was made.”

Dallas (6-1) has won six straight games and Prescott is enjoying a fine season with 1,813 yards, 16 touchdowns and just four interceptions through six games.

The time leading up to kickoff against the Broncos (4-4) will include avoiding any setbacks.

“I won’t stop doing all the things necessary to make sure that I stay on top of it,” Prescott said.

Meanwhile, standout receiver CeeDee Lamb (ankle) missed practice Thursday one day after being injured. Offensive tackle Tyron Smith (ankle) and tight end Blake Jarwin (hip) also sat out.

Cooper (hamstring) was limited while cornerback Trevon Diggs (ankle) was a full participant. Diggs leads the NFL with seven interceptions.

–Field Level Media