Since suffering his devastating ankle injury, Dak Prescott continues to progress through his rehab work. The Dallas Cowboys are monitoring the situation closely as he makes his way back physically. The organization has now provided another promising update as training camp draws closer.
Dak Prescott’s busy offseason
Prescott‘s 2020 season came to an abrupt end after only four games due to a gruesome leg injury.
The 27-year-old suffered a compound fracture and dislocation of his right ankle. The injury required surgery, putting a four-to-six-month timetable for his return.
Since then, Prescott has inked a four-year, $160 million deal to remain with the Cowboys. The contract made him the highest-paid player in franchise history, including giving him $126 million guaranteed. His average $40 million salary is second to Kansas City Chiefs star quarterback Patrick Mahomes for the most in NFL history.
Prescott is finally locked in as the long-term future in Dallas, with his deal running through the 2024 season. He also continues to progress in his rehab work toward being physically ready for the 2021 campaign.
The Cowboys have now voiced another promising update concerning his recovery in the weeks ahead of training camp.
Dak Prescott set to take another massive move forward in his recovery
The Cowboys continue to monitor Prescott’s health as the offseason progresses.
The star quarterback remains on track to be ready to go ahead of the 2021 season. Head coach Mike McCarthy further underlined that notion on Saturday, voicing that he believes Prescott will have complete medical clearance for training camp in July.
“I have no reason not to think that,” McCarthy said Saturday, via Todd Archer of ESPN. “I think this week in Phase 2 will be a nice step in that direction.”
Since surgery last October, Prescott has continued to ramp up his rehab activity. The Cowboys haven’t placed any additional pressure on him but rather let him operate at his pace.
McCarthy also outlined that the Pro Bowler will go through most of the on-the-field work. Dallas holds complete confidence in Prescott but is taking precautionary measures to avoid any setbacks.
Much of the offseason team activities remain ahead, which provides plenty of time for him to get his feet under him before the preseason and the 2021 campaign. Nonetheless, the latest comments lay out that Prescott is on the appropriate trajectory.
Cowboys aiming for a bounce-back 2021 campaign
Beyond Prescott’s recovery, the Cowboys remain entirely focused on bouncing back in 2021.
Injuries prevented Dallas from reaching the lofty expectations last season. The front office responded by spending the offseason retooling the roster, primarily on the defensive side of the ball.
The Cowboys chose defensive players with each of their first six selections in this year’s draft. Their issues stemmed overwhelmingly from their defensive shortcomings last year. They ranked fifth-worst with 29.6 points allowed per game, 10th in most yards given up per contest (386.4), and 31st against the run.
Dallas already possesses tremendous offensive talent around Prescott with skilled positions players such as Ezekiel Elliott, Amari Cooper, CeeDee Lamb, and Michael Gallup. The offensive line will also return fully healthy, anchored by All-Pros Tyron Smith and Zack Martin.
The question becomes whether the Cowboys can stay healthy. The pieces are in place for them to finally make a strong surge toward much more than a playoff berth.
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