Dak Prescott Injury Update: Will Dallas Cowboys QB Play in Week 16 vs. Philadelphia Eagles?

Dak Prescott has quashed concerns about his shoulder injury, insisting he will be fit to play on Sunday when the Dallas Cowboys take on the Philadelphia Eagles in a pivotal NFC East matchup.

The 26-year-old sprained his right shoulder in the Cowboys' 44-21 over the Los Angeles Rams in Week 15 and underwent an MRI scan on Tuesday to assess the extent of the injury, after the pain had got worse.

Prescott was limited in practice on Wednesday and Thursday and is yet to attempt to throw for the first time this week, but he was in doubt over his involvement on Sunday.

"I'll be good to go Sunday," the former Mississippi State alumni told reporters on Thursday.

"I'm getting better, simple as that. Mobility, function of it, it's all improving. That's the key. That's the goal."

Earlier on Thursday, Cowboys coach Jason Garrett indicated resting his shoulder was the preferred course of action for Prescott.

"He probably won't throw it very much today," Garrett was quoted as saying by NFL Network. "I think rest is probably the best thing for him. [...] He's progressing, but he hasn't really tested it that much, though."

Prescott added the injury wasn't particularly serious and was more of a "nagging" pain, the kind of which he had dealt with routinely throughout his career.

"It's just annoying. I mean, it's nagging. [I have] definitely dealt with a lot more pain, so it's just annoying."

The Cowboys quarterback was injured early in the game against the Rams, but his game was not particularly affected and he expects to face a similar scenario on Sunday afternoon.

"It happened early in the game and I was fine, played throughout the whole second half without it being a problem, without it being an issue," he said. "And I expect the same this Sunday."

Sunday's game in Philadelphia is crucial for both teams' playoff chances. As shown by this graphic provided by Statista, the Cowboys currently hold the fourth spot in the NFC playoffs by virtue of leading the NFC East.

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Four playoff spots remain up for grabs going into Week 16 of the NFL season. Statista

Both the Cowboys and the Eagles are 7-7 but Dallas holds the tiebreaker over Philadelphia after winning the first meeting of the season at home in Week 7.

With a win on Sunday, the Cowboys would clinch a playoff spot and become the first team to win back-to-back NFC East titles since the Eagles took four in a row between 2001 and 2004.

Should Dallas lose to the Eagles, it can still win the division as long as it defeats Washington in Week 17.

Prescott threw for 239 yards, one touchdown and an interception when the Cowboys defeated the Eagles 37-10 in October, completing 77.8 percent of his passes.

The fourth-round pick of the 2016 draft ranks second in the NFL with 4,334 passing yards this season for 26 touchdowns—joint-fourth in the league— and 11 interceptions with a 73.4 quarterback rating—third-highest in the NFL.

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Dak Prescott #4 of the Dallas Cowboys scrambles under pressure from the Los Angeles Rams in the first half at AT&T Stadium on December 15 in Arlington, Texas. Tom Pennington/Getty