Prescott to play his first game in 340 days
FRISCO, Texas – Dak Prescott has had five full practices since July 27 and no preseason work after missing the last 11 games of the 2020 season. But the Dallas Cowboys quarterback says he’s ready for the first game of the season next week against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
“I’m definitely ready. I’m excited,” he said after Friday’s practice with a full team. “I put a lot of work to get to this point. For months, rehabilitating the ankle, until the last [semanas] keeping my feet working while resting my arm. There’s so much work I put into this, I’m excited to get out there and be a part of the full game; to be there with my brothers and to be able to do something that I love. “
Prescott’s right shoulder strain, which took him out of 10 practices in Oxnard, California, and back at The Star in Frisco, Texas, was 100 percent healed. There are no limits to what he does in practice or how the game plan will look against the Buccaneers. His surgically repaired right ankle, injured last October, has not been a problem since he returned. to practice during organized team activities in the spring.
“I think we went through this process in the right way, that part of it was protecting myself from myself,” Prescott said. “I mean, by the time I went into team replays, I wasn’t dropping anything. I wasn’t trying to get to a certain percentage amount. I think that’s the way I play the game, I just came out, breaking passes. , without thinking about it, just making the plays I needed to make. Then after two days like this, I realized that there was no residual effect and that I was not in pain. The plan and everything worked. Yes, from shoulder to my leg and my mind, I’m ready to go. “
The Cowboys are trying to catch up on these practices. Prescott said he worked with some players during the mandatory three-day break after the last preseason game, and if they need any additional work over the next week, they will.
Before Aug. 25, he hadn’t thrown a pass to Amari Cooper, who was recovering from ankle surgery in the offseason, in training camp. CeeDee Lamb returned to practice this week after being on the reserve / COVID-19 list.
“You have to give him credit for the process he worked through himself,” coach Mike McCarthy said. “It’s not that he’s lagged behind and done nothing while he wasn’t pitching. He’s staying on top of the game. His conditioning couldn’t be better. Dak took advantage of that time with all these guys working extra.”
The Cowboys have three more comprehensive practices, one with a full team, before flying to Tampa, Florida., on Wednesday. Prescott will play his first game in 340 days.
“When I look back now, it looks like it flew by. It has,” Prescott mused. “But it was definitely not a blur because everything had a purpose: everything I was doing with the game, outside of the game, just trying to become a