Cowboys Injury Report Reveals Massive News Regarding Dak Prescott’s Availability for Clash With Vikings

The Dallas Cowboys are firmly on the top of the NFC East with Dak Prescott and Ezekiel Elliott playing terrific football. The recovery from the Dallas quarterback has been something to watch, and he is right in front of the names for Comeback Player of the Year.

But, right before their bye week, Prescott suffered an injury in the overtime thriller against the New England Patriots. He was spotted after the game in a boot and expressed optimism about being ready for the Halloween clash against the Minnesota Vikings.

Prescott’s status all week was a bit of a mixed bag, but Friday’s injury report spells bad news for the Cowboys.

Dak Prescott is officially questionable vs. Vikings

Dallas Cowboys QB Dak Prescott.
Dak Prescott of the Dallas Cowboys | Richard Rodriguez/Getty Images

On Friday afternoon came the news everybody was waiting for — although it is not what they wanted to hear. Prescott is officially listed as questionable for the game against the Vikings, which is not a good sign. Injury reports are tricky to read, but Fridays are usually a telling sign of a player’s availability for the weekend.

If Prescott doesn’t trend toward the probable side, this will be a brutal blow for a one-loss team facing a tall task in the Vikings.

Cowboys head coach Mike McCarthy spoke on Prescott’s situation on Friday afternoon (Michael Gehlken of Dallas Morning News).

“It’s more than just one game. We’re obviously in our seventh game, so there is a ton of football left to play.”

Mike McCarthy on Dak Prescott’s health ahead of the Vikings game

This is a long-term decision for the Cowboys, especially after Prescott suffered a devastating season-ending injury last year.

Cooper Rush would be the next man for the Cowboys up if Prescott is out

If Prescott can’t go, Cooper Rush is the guy for the Cowboys. Ouch.

That doesn’t sound promising for a team who finally started to figure things out and are fresh off a thrilling victory against the Patriots. CeeDee Lamb caught the walk-off touchdown in overtime, and they flew into their bye at 5-1.

There is no secret that Rush is miles and miles below the talent level of Prescott, as is the case for most backup quarterbacks in the league.

Nonetheless, Rush will be ready for Sunday if he has to go (h/t Jon Machota of The Athletic).

“I feel good. I got those (extra reps this week). I’ve been in this offense for a while. I feel confident.”

Cooper Rush on potentially starting against the Vikings

Rush hasn’t thrown a pass in the NFL since 2017, so there are some questions about how ready he will be. The only other option is Will Grier, which is even more underwhelming.

The Vegas lines saw this coming from a mile away and the Vikings are the new favorites

After Thursday’s practices wrapped up, the Las Vegas oddsmakers had some strange movement. The Cowboys were initially favored, but the line then shifted dramatically in favor of the Vikings.

The status around Prescott will be a massive story to watch heading into Sunday night’s clash. The Vikings have Kirk Cousins, Dalvin Cook, Adam Thielen, and Justin Jefferson. That is already a tall task for the Dallas defense, and now things are even more cloudy with the potential absence of their superstar quarterback.

Sure, a lot can change before Sunday rolls around, but the fact is that the Cowboys will not rush Prescott back if he isn’t ready.

This story will be worth monitoring until Sunday evening rolls around, but things aren’t looking good in Dallas.

Stats Courtesy of Pro Football Reference

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