Cowboys preparing Dak Precott to play vs. Vikings, don’t want ‘week-to-week decision’ on QB’s injury

Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott (4) warms up prior to an NFL football game against the New England Patriots, Sunday, Oct. 17, 2021, in Foxborough, Mass.

Ten days removed from straining his calf on a game-winning touchdown in overtime, Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott will again practice Wednesday.

Will he play Sunday night at the Vikings?

A final decision awaits.

“He’s going to practice, he’s going to go through individual (drills), he’s in the game plans,” Cowboys coach Mike McCarthy said Wednesday morning from team headquarters. “He’s preparing to play. But he’s got to cross the threshold to make sure he’s full go.”

Prescott strained his right calf after rolling out of the pocket and planting on his right leg for a 35-yard touchdown strike to receiver CeeDee Lamb against the Patriots. He said he “came down funny” on the play, the pain more apparent after the adrenaline of Dallas’ fifth straight win began to settle. Prescott wore a walking boot after that game and the following day at the Cowboys facility.

An MRI last week confirmed the initial strain diagnosis, subsequent evaluation this week showing Prescott has “improved every day,” McCarthy said. Prescott was in good spirits at team headquarters on Monday, walking comfortably without a boot.

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