DALLAS – The Dallas Cowboys breathed easier today in their hopes that Dak Prescott could start the first game of the season as their starting quarterback on September 9 in Tampa.
Prescott completed 11 of 12 passes he threw in the 11-11 period of the Cowboys’ training this Wednesday, the final week of preseason camp.
The only pass he didn’t complete was blocked by safety Jayron Karzee in good coverage.
It was his first competitive activity in practice since he started feeling the tug on his shoulder, which has been out since July 28, including preseason games.
Running back Ezekiel Elliott said he had looked good throughout Prescott practice, whose longest pass this day was 30 yards.
In all, Prescott participated in four series of scrimmage and 18 plays during training which again took place in the open air, with a temperature close to 100 degrees Fahrenheit. He also didn’t show any signs of discomfort in the ankle that was injured last season.
Prescott is ruled out for the last exhibition game, which they will play this Sunday against the Jacksonville Jaguars, who reported that their first quarterback, Trevor Lawrence, just announced as a starter, will not be on the field either …
Cooper Rush will be the quarterback to open the game against Jacksonville, after Garrett Gilbert was in the previous three.
Cowboys owner and general manager Jerry Jones and head coach Mike McCarthy reiterated that they are only treating the Prescott case with excess caution and that he will be ready to face the Buccaneers.
ADD THE PANDEMIC IN THE STAR
The Covid pandemic continues to add up among the Cowboys. This Wednesday, starting guard and safety Connor Williams and Damontae Kazee, respectively, were placed in reserve by Covid.
The list of infected players already includes catcher CeeDee Lamb, defensive tackle Carlos Watkins and safety Malik Hooker, as well as defensive coordinator Dan Quinn.
The #DallasCowboys add two names to their COVID-19 protocol.
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The good news for the team was that safety Israel Mukuamu already left the reserve for Covid and returned to training.
The Cowboys had only two regular rotation safeties in practice Tuesday and Thursday because starter Donovan Wilson suffered a strained groin.
All five players and coordinator Quinn are expected to be available for the first game of the season.
The starting cornerback Trevon Diggs missed training on Wednesday due to illness, although nothing related to Covid, said coach Mike McCarthy.
The Cowboys put running back Rico Dowdle on the injury list for the year with a hip injury; his place on the roster was taken by Israel Mukuamu, who was taken off the reserve by Covid