The Philadelphia Eagles aren’t the only team dealing with injury issues heading into this weekend’s critical game against the Dallas Cowboys.
Speaking with reporters on Wednesday morning, Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett revealed that starting quarterback Dak Prescott is going to be limited in practice due to a throwing shoulder injury. He is NOT expected to miss Sunday’s game, however. More info via ESPN’s Todd Archer:
Jason Garrett said Dak Prescott will be “somewhat limited,” in practice today because of a right shoulder injury suffered last week vs. the Rams. Garrett said it would be difficult for Prescott to do a lot of throwing in practice but he did not expect it to affect his availability for Sunday’s game against Philadelphia.
Prescott has already been dealing with some kind of finger injury so it seems like he’s going to be at less than 100% this week. But just how much less than 100%?
Garrett noted that Prescott suffered the shoulder injury at some point in the first half of the Cowboys’ Week 15 game against the Los Angeles Rams. Perhaps it’s worth noting that Prescott only attempted eight passes in the second half and all of them were short throws (as defined by ESPN’s play-by-play log). Then again, the Cowboys had a big lead so it’s not like they were in a spot to take aggressive shots down the field.
Prescott is 5-2 in seven career games against the Eagles but it’s really 4-1 if you remove two meaningless Week 17 games. He’s completed 65.3% of his attempts for 1,612 yards (7.2 yards per attempt), eight touchdowns, seven interceptions, and a 85.3 passer rating in the all-time series.
Prescott could still very well have success against an Eagles secondary that’s struggled recently. We’ll see just how much his effectiveness is limited when the game rolls around. Note that Prescott’s backup is former undrafted rookie free agent signing Cooper Rush, who has three career pass attempts.
In other Cowboys injury news, starting left tackle Tyron Smith is dealing with an eye issue that might prevent him from practicing.