The Dallas Cowboys dealt with lingering concern regarding Dak Prescott‘s shoulder injury throughout much of training camp. Prescott didn’t play in any preseason action as he progressed in his recovery to return in Week 1 action against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The two-time Pro Bowler has now put a stamp on those aspirations with just three words.
Dak Prescott suffers shoulder injury
Prescott entered this year’s training camp without physical limitations less than nine months after suffering a compound ankle fracture.
However, things took a concerning turn on July 28 after Prescott suffered a shoulder injury that kept him throughout the preseason and practice. It led team owner Jerry Jones to receive advice from the Texas Rangers on how to handle the ailment.
With the 2021 season quickly approaching, the Cowboys elected to keep him off the field in all four preseason games while limiting his participation in practice. Meanwhile, the 28-year-old continued to make progress in his recovery, to which he’s reached a new point of confidence concerning his health.
Dak Prescott’s 3-word message on HBO’s ‘Hard Knocks’ is exactly what the Cowboys want to hear
Prescott dealt with a shoulder injury throughout much of training camp that prevented him from playing in any preseason action.
The Cowboys handled the matter with precaution to prevent any setback as the team aimed to have him ready to play for Week 1 action against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. During the latest episode of HBO’s Hard Knocks, Prescott made it crystal clear how he’s feeling physically.
“Oh, I’m back.” Prescott said.
It may only be a practice session, but he’s moved past his lingering shoulder injury. It should erase any concern that he won’t be able full strength to begin the 2021 season. His health has been the underlying focus as the Cowboys move toward the upcoming campaign.
The only question remains is how he will perform against the Buccaneers as it marks his first game action since he suffered a compound ankle fracture. The Cowboys will need him to perform at a high level to squeeze out a win over the defending Super Bowl champions.
Nonetheless, Dallas can roll forward with Prescot leading the charge in 2021.
Dallas hoping to contend for the Super Bowl
Like last offseason, the sentiment around the Cowboys centers on strong Super Bowl aspirations.
Dallas holds an opportunity to put forth a special 2021 campaign that should lead to playoff contention. Last season was derailed by significant injuries, never allowing the Cowboys to find their footing at any point.
Prescott will begin the 2021 season healthy, hoping to build off the stellar play he put forth last season. Before his ankle injury, Prescott led the league with 1,856 passing yards through five games. It included him becoming the first player in NFL history to record back-to-back games with at least 500 passing yards.
The Cowboys are also returning a talented group of offensive skilled-position players around him. Wide receiver CeeDee Lamb is primed to take a notable leap forward in his second season. At the same time, the offensive line will have Tyron Smith, Zack Martin, and La’el Collins back in the fold healthy.
Those factors should set the table for another highly productive campaign. Dallas also spent the offseason revamping the defense, including using its first six draft selections this year on that side of the ball.
Ultimately, it all comes down to Prescott being the difference maker that lifts the Cowboys to more than a playoff berth.