The Dallas Cowboys are heading into the 2021 season with plenty of optimism toward putting together a bounce-back campaign. Much of that centers around star quarterback Dak Prescott, who is working his way back from a shoulder injury. With Week 1 action less than a month away, Prescott and the Cowboys finally received some promising news.
Dak Prescott suffers a shoulder injury
Despite suffering a compound ankle fracture less than nine months ago, Prescott remarkably began training camp without physical limitations.
However, the 28-year-old had a shoulder issue flare-up that has kept him sidelined for the last couple of weeks. The Cowboys are playing the situation cautiously by keeping him out of practice and team activities to prevent a setback.
The two-time Pro Bowler continues to speak optimistically concerning the injury. It’s a shared sentiment from team owner Jerry Jones, who took advice from the Texas Rangers about handling the ailment.
“We talked about throwing, arm care and arm recovery,” Jones said via the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. “They advised rather than work through a progression on healing but to go cold turkey to make sure the injury is repaired.”
As the Cowboys continue to monitor the situation, Prescot has taken a significant step forward.
Dak Prescott finally takes the step forward that the Cowboys adamantly wanted
As the 2021 season inches closer, the Cowboys are erring on the side of caution to keep Prescott on track to play in Week 1 action against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
The 28-year-old recently underwent a second MRI that revealed his right shoulder is healing properly. It’s progressed enough to return to the practice field after going through a painless throwing session before the Cowboys’ 19-16 loss to the Arizona Cardinals.
It’s a positive step forward, especially after Dallas elected to shut him down for two weeks after the injury occurred on July 28. Since then, he’s gone through a few throwing sessions to see how his shoulder would respond.
Through it all, Prescott expressed anxiousness to get back onto the field but is willing to do whatever it takes to be ready for Week 1.
“I think that’s because people that know me, the people who know the competitor I am, and I’m going to do whatever it takes to make sure I’m out there,” Prescott said via Todd Archer of ESPN. “But as I’ve said, this is something we want to nip in the bud and not let continue to linger. And I think the best way we do that is stay on the pace that I am and progress through it the right way, and once Sept. 9 comes I’ll play that game and move forward without ever thinking about this again.”
Cowboys are eyeing more than a playoff push
Beyond Prescott‘s injury, the Cowboys remain focused on the grander picture in 2021: Vying for the Super Bowl.
Last season served as a crystal-clear reminder that health will be the key factor in dictating the team’s fate. Prescott’s health will play a critical factor in determining that as he’s the linchpin to the Cowboys’ offense.
Dallas possesses a litany of talent around him, but it’s his performance that will either elevate or plateau the franchise’s chances of competing for the Super Bowl. If he can recapture his stellar play from last season before his ankle injury, it certainly places the team in a promising spot.
Meanwhile, Dallas revamped the defense through the draft after using the first six selections to add talent on that side of the ball. Ultimately, the Cowboys’ fate in 2021 hinges on the shoulder of their $160 million quarterback.