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Shoulder injury could keep Cowboys' Prescott out until Week 1

Dak Prescott's comeback from a horrific ankle injury was delayed due to a shoulder injury. Now the Cowboys have to decide if they will rest him until Week 1.

Dak Prescott's comeback from a horrific ankle injury was delayed due to a shoulder injury. Now the Cowboys have to decide if they will rest him until Week 1.
Christian PetersenAFP

Dak Prescott is on the verge of a miraculous comeback, after a gruesome injury that kept him out of the majority of the 2020 NFL season. His return to action may be just weeks away but Dallas Cowboys head coach Mike McCarthy doesn’t want to put a time line on when the franchise quarterback will be back under center after suffering a shoulder injury in trainning camp.

Prescott may not play in preseason

There are just two games remaining in the preseason before Week 1 kicks off in the second weekend in September. McCarthy said if his starting quarterback didn’t play this weekend against the Houston Texans, then he would not risk him on the on the final day of of preseason on the 29th of August.

“There’s a good chance he probably won’t play. Yes, that’s fair,” said the Cowboys second year coach.

MRI reveals no damage

Prescott suffered a compound fracture and a dislocation on his right ankle against the New York Giants last October. The injury took more than six months to recover from. Just when it seemed that Dak was on his way back and getting to make his return in preseason he was struck with a shoulder injury that slowed down the comeback process.

The shoulder injury occurred during training camp, and the Cowboys play caller has since had an MRI which came back clean. McCarthy doesn’t want to toss his QB into the flames to soon, and has said that Prescott will be limited to his throwing program as he heals his right latissimus strain, “We’ll just continue the throwing regimen and keep building up volume,” said the former Green Bay coach.

Dak on the heels of big money extension

Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones took a big leap of faith by signing Prescott to a titanic 4 year, $160 million contract extension despite the stomach turning injury that kept the former Mississippi State Bulldog out for the final 12 weeks of the regular season.

After nearly a year with out playing a single snap, it was obvious that Dallas wanted to see the face of the franchise get some snaps before the start of the regular season, but the shoulder problems have forced McCarthy to have to measure his quarterbacks progress in practice.

Preseason for the development of young players: McCarthy

"At the end of the day, I trust the practice process," McCarthy said. "The tempo of how we practice, the cadence variations and the emphasis of the game situations, I feel really good about what we're able to get done in this environment as opposed to relying on preseason games. I've always felt the preseason games were primarily for the development of your young players. I do know this is our first year going through training camp.

The Cowboys will play the Super Bowl Champion Tampa Bay Bucs to kick off the regular season on Thursday, September 9th.


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