FRISCO, Texas – The Cowboys will re-evaluate quarterback Dak Prescott's calf strain in a week, but they're "optimistic" about his availability for their next game – Oct. 31 at Minnesota – based on Monday's MRI results, head coach Mike McCarthy said.
"I think like any calf strain, especially this early, this close to the injury, there's variance in timelines," McCarthy said. "But we're optimistic for Minnesota."
Prescott will rest and rehab the injury during this week's bye and the Cowboys will re-evaluate again next Monday.
"The bye week's right on time," McCarthy said.
Prescott sustained the injury on the final play Sunday: his 35-yard touchdown pass to CeeDee Lamb in overtime that sealed the Cowboys' 35-29 win over the New England Patriots.
He left Gillette Stadium with a walking boot on his right leg but said he could've finished the game if needed.
"It just came down funny and that's what it was. It's something we'll get checked out and I'll be fine," he said.
Wide receiver Michael Gallup has been sidelined with a calf strain since Week 2, but clearly the timeline is different for Prescott, who might not miss any game action at all if the injury improves as expected over the next week.
Prescott completed 36 of 51 passes for 445 yards with three touchdowns and an interception Sunday. It was his ninth career 400-yard passing game, the most in franchise history and tied with Eli Manning and Aaron Rodgers for eighth in NFL history. He also became the first player in franchise history with four consecutive games of at least three passing touchdowns.