Prescott’s return on track as Cowboys prepare for Lions

FRISCO, Texas (AP) — Dak Prescott will be “in the lead chair as far as reps go” for practice in the latest sign the Dallas Cowboys star quarterback will return from injury Sunday against Detroit.

Coach Mike McCarthy left no doubt that Prescott’s five-game absence ended with a broken thumb on his throwing hand. The quarterback said over the weekend that he expected to play.

Prescott threw 40 passes in a reduced practice Wednesday after a late game in Philadelphia.

“I thought he looked really good,” McCarthy said. “We’ll be looking to expand that (Thursday) and put him in the lead chair as far as reps go just to give him the opportunity to get ready to play.”

The Cowboys (4-2) lost to the undefeated Eagles 26-17 with first place in the NFC East on the line.

They now face the Lions (1-4), one of two teams one win away from the NFC. Dallas receives another struggling opponent at home next week against Chicago.

Dallas has won four straight games with Cooper Rush replacing Prescott after the 2016 NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year fractured his right thumb in a season opener loss to Tampa Bay.

The winning streak pushed Rush’s career record to 5-0, including a win last season at Minnesota.

Although Rush no longer has a perfect record, the Cowboys are one of four NFC teams with a six-week winning record. Three of those teams are in the NFC East.

McCarthy credited the players’ participation in the offseason program and a fairly healthy training camp in California with helping Dallas stay in contention without Prescott.

“I think it’s credit to the whole team, especially what Cooper Rush was able to do,” McCarthy said. “I think it’s all of those things, they add up and it’s all part of keeping the train on track.”

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