Dak Prescott

When Dallas Cowboys star quarterback Dak Prescott injured his thumb during the team’s season-opening loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Cowboys owner and general manager Jerry Jones initially said that the quarterback would miss “several weeks.” But on Tuesday, Jones gave a more specific and more optimistic timeline for Prescott’s return.

According to Dallas Cowboys beat reporter Calvin Watkins, Jones said during a radio show appearance that the team will not place Prescott on the injured reserve list because they are hopeful he will be able to return within the next four games.

“Jerry Jones told @1053thefan the Cowboys will not put Dak Prescott on IR with the belief he can return in the next four games,” Watkins said in a Tweet.

The potential sooner-than-expected return for the Dallas starting quarterback could be why the team isn’t being more aggressive in trading for a veteran starter like  Jimmy GaroppoloTyler Huntley, or Mason Rudolph to serve as the team’s starter until Prescott returns. The team has made it clear that longtime backup quarterback Cooper Rush will be the team’s starter until Prescott returns.

If Prescott is able to return in the next four games, there’s little reason to trade for an experienced former starter.

[Calvin Watkins]