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Dak Prescott questionable for Week 6 vs. Eagles on SNF

We break down the news that Dak Prescott has a thumb injury. What it means for Week 6 and beyond.

Dak Prescott #4 of the Dallas Cowboys reacts as he warms up prior to a game against the Los Angeles Rams at SoFi Stadium on October 09, 2022 in Inglewood, California. Photo by Michael Owens/Getty Images

Friday update: Prescott is listed as questionable to face the Eagles this week. Cooper Rush got all the first team snaps and is still expected to start, but there’s a very good chance Prescott returns next week.

Thursday PM update: Prescott was listed as limited for Thursday’s practice. It appears he did a little more than the team had planned. He’s still likely out this week, but he is looking much more likely for Week 7 against the Lions.

Thursday update: Prescott won’t practice again on Thursday, but will throw after practice like he did on Wednesday, per Michael Gehlken. The team is taking it slow with him, but it sounds like if they weren’t, he’d be doing a lot more.

The Dallas Cowboys head into Week 6 with a 4-1 record, and they have won four in a row. The interesting thing about their win streak is that they have done it without franchise quarterback Dak Prescott. He injured his thumb on this throwing hand in Week 1 and hasn’t played since. While there was a hope that Prescott would be back by Week 6, the Cowboys are planning for backup Cooper Rush to start against the Philadelphia Eagles for Sunday Night Football this week.

Fantasy football implications

If Prescott is healthy to go, then you can have confidence in starting him. Dallas is not going to risk worsening his injury. If he is cleared to play, that should mean that they don't have any worries about him re-aggravating it. The Eagles are giving up the fourth-fewest fantasy points per game to opposing quarterbacks. Even with a tough matchup, if Prescott is deemed active, you should start him in this game.

If Rush is active and the starter, he doesn't retain any fantasy football value. If you were banking on having Prescott back and he is inactive, you will need to pivot to another team’s quarterback. Guys like Jimmy Garoppolo and Carson Wentz have good matchups this week.