Why the Cowboys sat QB Dak Prescott for Sunday’s game against the Vikings

MEMORIAL POLICE – Dak Prescott could have played Sunday night. No doubt.

That does not mean he should, the Cowboys decided.

They made their star quarterback inactive against the Minnesota Vikings despite an impressive training session before the game. Neither wagon wheels nor somersaults would have put Prescott in uniform. Prior to the team’s arrival at the US Bank Stadium, it already concluded that Prescott needed to rest his Oct. 17 calf load further.

Several factors brought this belief.

First, calf strains are in themselves temperamental. Exacerbations may occur, and the Cowboys and Prescott tried to avoid an extensive absence. This is also a long season, only week 8 of 18 for a franchise with Super Bowl ambitions.

The strain, which was hit by a touchdown pass in an overtime victory over the New England Patriots, occurred on the same leg as Prescott’s open ankle fracture and dislocation from October last year. Prescott told reporters Thursday that he believes the injuries were related.

“I want to be smart about it and careful,” Prescott said.

Prescott received a platelet-rich plasma injection for his calf Tuesday, sources said. His backup Cooper Rush handled all of the Cowboys’ first-team reps in training on Wednesday and Thursday, while Prescott rebuilt and his only team reps took place in walkthroughs.

On Thursday, the 28-year-old turned up for rehab.

He felt the effects Friday and reported soreness to the team, coach Mike McCarthy said. As Prescott pushed his rehabilitation through, he mourned Thursday’s death of his grandmother, Margaret Ebarb. He spent much of Friday east of Houston with family, where he was seen around town in Orange and Winnie.

Prescott traveled with the Cowboys to Minneapolis on Saturday afternoon.

Before boarding that plane, it was probably decided that he would sit on Sunday. The Cowboys put forward a tale that a pre-game training session would affect them, but it was almost certainly nothing more than a smokescreen that the Vikings know Rush would get his first NFL start.

Prescott would have played Sunday if the match was in mid-January.

He would have played if the Cowboys wanted a spot in the playoffs in December.

But Dallas went into Sunday’s game with a record of 5-1 and a leading lead in the NFC East. The Philadelphia Eagles (3-5) finished second with 3-5, while the New York Giants (2-5) and Washington Football Team (2-6) followed.

So it’s going to be Rush’s ball.

Several family members, including his parents and brothers, flew to Minnesota to play. Rush entered the NFL in 2017, but has thrown three career passes to the regular season. 3rd quarterback Will Grier was elevated to a backup role as he was active for the first time this season.

At the end of Prescott’s pregame training, all three quarterbacks threw passes sequentially.

Rush went first, Prescott gave him a football before each throw. Grier followed. Then Prescott left. If there were questions left, the Cowboys submitted their inactive report at. 17.50

Prescott’s name was on it.

“It’s more than just this one match,” Prescott said Thursday. “I do not want it to continue this week. [The calf is] something I want to nip in the bud, make sure I’m healthy and ready to go, so I do not think about it when I play, and we do not have these conversations earlier today. ”

In the end, the Cowboys agreed.

Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott (4) is looking for wide receiver CeeDee Lamb (88) during an NFL football game against the New England Patriots on Sunday, October 17, 2021 in Foxborough, Mass.
Dallas Cowboys quarterback Cooper Rush (10) throws during Dallas Cowboys football practice Thursday, October 28, 2021 in Frisco, Texas.

Find more Cowboys coverage from The Dallas Morning News here.

Leave a Comment