Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott is expected to take the next step in his recovery from a finger injury that has sidelined him for the past few weeks.
According to ESPN's Todd Archer, Prescott will have stitches removed from his repaired right thumb before Dallas' game Monday night against the Giants.
Although his ability to return to work will be determined by his ability to catch the ball, the stairs are seen as a significant sign of progress in his recovery.
Prescott's latest grade news adds legitimate support to the optimism Cowboys owner Jerry Jones has expressed about his quarterback's comeback process.
In an interview with 105.3 The Fan on September 13, Jones revealed that Dallas will not place the two-time Pro Bowl on injured reserve because the team believes he will have a chance to play sooner than expected.
Jones followed up on those comments last Tuesday, suggesting a Week 4 return against the Warriors could still happen to Prescott.
"I don't know if anybody knows [when he'll be back]," Jones said, according to Michael David Smith of ProFootballTalk. And when he [gains full power from him] then you will see a real improvement in his schedule. I don't know when it is.
I know that with the good weather last week, everyone knows that it will come back faster as time goes on.