There was a moment in last Thursday’s game that was pretty scary for the Cowboys. Quarterback Dak Prescott heading into the locker room for X-rays after injuring his hand in the game was not a reassuring sight for a team fighting for their playoff lives. Fortunately, there were no breaks or fractures, but there was some serious swelling and discoloration. Prescott finished the game, but hadn’t thrown a football since the game until he practiced on Wednesday.
Prescott suffered the injury in the first half of the team's win over Washington. He spent the next six days putting ice on his throwing hand and receiving "a lot of massages" to rub the swelling out.
The quarterback was wearing a pad to protect his hand when practice began Wednesday. It didn't stay on for long.
"That pad eventually came off in practice," Prescott said. "You (media) were just there early. That wasn't even worth it.
"It felt great. There weren't any restrictions. It didn't feel like my hand was bothering me or any limitations on throwing the ball or anything."
That’s good news. Sure Prescott is in a slump, but he is going to be a big key down the stretch if they plan on fighting their way back into the playoffs. Prescott needs to regain his swagger, his confidence; he has to start looking like 2016 Prescott again. At least his hand won’t hold him back.