Dak Prescott won't go on IR, has 'real chance' for quick return to Dallas Cowboys, Jerry Jones says play 'The season is over!' Stephen A. revels in Cowboys' defeat (1:51) Stephen A. Smith and Michael Irvin break down the Cowboys' loss and disagree about where they go from here. (1:51) 9:52 AM ET ESPN The Dallas Cowboys will not put Dak Prescott on injured reserve, according to owner Jerry Jones, who thinks the star quarterback "has a real chance" to return within four games. Jones updated Prescott's status during an interview with 105.3 The Fan on Tuesday, one day after Prescott underwent right thumb surgery . Sources told ESPN that Prescott initially was expected to miss six to eight weeks, but Jones was more optimistic Tuesday. Editor's Picks "Dak has a real chance to be back out there throwing the ball pretty quick," he said. The Cowboys, coming off a disappointing home loss to the Buccaneers in their season opener, host the defending AFC champion Bengals in Week 2 before facing the Giants in Week 3, the Commanders in Week 4 and the reigning Super Bowl champion Rams in Week 5. Prescott would have to miss a minimum of four games if he was placed on IR. The initial six-week minimum timeline for his expected recovery would have Prescott returning on Oct. 30 against the Bears at the earliest, with a more likely comeback on Nov. 13 against the Packers in Mike McCarthy's return to Lambeau Field. The Cowboys have a Week 9 bye. Prescott suffered the injury in the fourth quarter of Sunday night's 19-3 loss after his throwing hand twice hit the hand of linebacker Shaq Barrett .