FRISCO, Texas – The Cowboys have some injury issues for two of their best players to start out this week.
Cowboys coach Jason Garrett started off his Wednesday morning press conference by revealing that Dak Prescott and Tyron Smith would be limited at the outset of this first practice for Sunday's game against Philadelphia.
Smith is dealing with a sty on his eye, which Garrett said he developed this week and is not related to anything football-related.
"I don't know what happened, but his right eye is closed for some reason. So he may or may not be able to practice fully today," Garrett said.
No one noticed last Sunday, but Prescott injured his throwing shoulder against the Rams when Clay Matthews landed on him after a play. Garrett said Prescott would be limited in Wednesday's practice.
"They did an MRI and everything seems to be ok. He just banged it up, and it's hard for him to function right now," Garrett said. "We don't anticipate him throwing much in practice today.
The injuries are starting to pile up for Prescott, who also hurt his finger and his wrist in the Dec. 5 loss to Chicago. That didn't stop him from completing 15-of-23 passes for 212 yards and two touchdowns against L.A. Garrett also added that the shoulder injury occurred fairly early in that Rams game, but it did not prompt him to come out.
"He's a pretty tough individual," Garrett said. "He'll be ready to go."
If Prescott doesn't throw on Wednesday, it may fall on Cooper Rush to play a large role in practice. The Cowboys also have rookie Clayton Thorson on their practice squad. The Cowboys don't currently anticipate needing to sign another quarterback, as the hope is that Prescott will be ready by Sunday.