The Dallas Cowboys are navigating through the preseason with precaution regarding Dak Prescott‘s shoulder injury. The Cowboys continue to monitor Prescott‘s health as the 2021 season inches closer. It’s led team owner Jerry Jones to gather advice from an unlikely source.
Dak Prescott suffers shoulder injury
Prescott began training camp by participating without any physical limitations.
However, the 28-year-old suffered a strained right shoulder that has kept him off the field the last few days. He hasn’t participated since taking himself out of practice on July 28 due to soreness in his right arm.
“I felt some soreness when making certain throws today, and I really just decided not to push things too far,” Prescott said via NFL Network’s Jane Slater. “Better to be cautious and smart about it. I don’t see this as any kind of serious setback. We’ll treat it on a daily basis, and I’ll be fine.”
Prescott remains off the field as he’s eyeing the bigger picture of being prepared for the 2021 season. Dallas is taking the precautionary route, given that he’s also working his way back from his surgically repaired ankle.
Due to treatment, the two-time Pro Bowler didn’t travel to Canton, Ohio, for the team’s first preseason game against the Pittsburgh Steelers. As he works his way back into form, the Texas Rangers have offered advice to the Cowboys regarding how to handle the injury.
Jerry Jones reached out to an unlikely source to help handle Dak Prescott’s shoulder injury
As the Cowboys navigate through the preseason, the lingering question remains on Prescott’s health.
Dallas continues to take the precautionary approach to avoid any setback before the 2021 season. Team owner Jerry Jones recently revealed that the team spoke with the Texas Rangers to gather more information on how to handle a throwing arm injury.
“We talked about throwing, arm care and arm recovery,” Jones said via Clarence E. Hill of 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.”
It may be a different sport, but the Rangers offered insight into adequately dealing with a strained shoulder, a common ailment suffered by pitchers. A hit didn’t cause Prescott’s injury, which makes it more similar to what a pitcher often experiences.
The Rangers’ advice only further hammers away at the notion to let Prescott’s shoulder fully heal before he begins throwing again. The 2021 regular season doesn’t start for roughly a month, giving him plenty of time to recover.
However, Prescott participated in “light throwing” on Saturday for the first time since he suffered the injury. Although he’s progressing, the Cowboys won’t rush him back sooner than he’s ready, as it can linger into the upcoming season.
Dallas will likely limit Prescott’s preseason action or possibly wait to put him on the field in Week 1 against the defending Super Bowl champion Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Cowboys’ Super Bowl hopes lie on the star quarteback’s shoulders
The Cowboys’ fate next season lies squarely on the star quarterback’s performance.
The 28-year-old is heading into the first year of his four-year, $160 million deal, increasing the pressure to guide the franchise toward the playoffs. Dallas hopes Prescott can be the offensive driving force he demonstrated last season before suffering a fractured ankle.
The Cowboys possess a plethora of Pro Bowl talent around him while improving the defense through the draft and free agency. The table is set for Prescott to take a significant leap forward and guide the franchise toward Super Bowl contention.