Mike McCarthy: Cowboys 'optimistic' Dak Prescott (calf) plays Week 8 vs. Vikings

Dak Prescott's optimism surrounding his calf injury suffered in Sunday's overtime win in New England has proven true.

NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported Monday that the quarterback is "looking good" after an MRI on the calf, per a source informed of the situation.

Cowboys coach Mike McCarthy confirmed Monday that Prescott suffered a calf strain on the final play of the Cowboys' 35-29 overtime win over the Patriots. Afterward, the two-time Pro Bowler downplayed the walking boot he sported while meeting with the media, saying he'll be "fine." McCarthy said the plan is for Prescott to rest and rehab during the team's bye week.

"There is a variance in timelines but we're optimistic for Minnesota," McCarthy added.

During a radio interview on 105.3 The Fan, Cowboys EVP Stephen Jones underscored the belief that Prescott didn't suffer a significant injury.

"Anytime you're sending your quarterback in for an MRI, there's a little nervousness, but also know how what a competitor and how tough Dak is, and optimistic that we're going to get good results there," Jones said. "But certainly we'll have to see how that comes out, and we'll be getting those shortly. Hopefully, we're thinking positive and think that he'll be hopefully ready to go against Minnesota."

The 5-1 Cowboys' bye week comes at a good time for Prescott. The week off will give the QB time to rest up after posting his seventh-career game with 400-plus pass yards and 3-plus passing TDs.

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