The 2020 season has been a year marred by injuries and disappointment for the Dallas Cowboys. All that couldn’t ring louder for Pro Bowl quarterback Dak Prescott after suffering the first significant injury of his NFL career. Despite his season being cut short, Prescott just gave the Cowboys much reason for optimism around his situation.
Dak Prescott suffers season-ending injury
Dak Prescott headed into the 2020 season hoping to prove without a doubt that the Dallas Cowboys made a massive mistake by not securing him to a long-term deal.
Prescott began the campaign producing at a historic pace, but that was cut short after he suffered a dislocated and broken ankle in Week 5 action against the New York Giants.
The Cowboys saw their 2020 season quickly go up into flames that has since continued to head south. The injury marked the first occurrence in Prescott’s career that he has missed any significant playing time. However, the Cowboys just got some quite encouraging news concerning their star quarterback’s health.
Dak Prescott is ahead of schedule with his recovery
Since Dak Prescott suffered his season-ending ankle injury, the Dallas Cowboys have kept a close eye on his recovery.
Prescott has continued to take positive steps forward in the process that have generated much optimism. During his weekly interview on 105.3 The Fan in Dallas, Cowboys vice president Stephen Jones voiced that the Pro Bowler is on the current trajectory to be ahead of schedule. (H/T Todd Archer of ESPN)
“This is a four-month injury and so far, if anything, everything we’re getting from (associate athletic trainer Britt Brown) and the doctors is that he’s ahead of schedule,” Stephen Jones said. “He’s been able to avoid any setbacks and if anything, he’s ahead of schedule, which shouldn’t be a surprise.”
Jones’ remarks fall in line with the sentiment around the entire situation that Prescott has geared toward the earlier end of the timetable. He has already surpassed the window of time where an infection was possible without a hitch.
The Cowboys won’t pressure Prescott to get back sooner than he’s ready to do so, but he has shown some early promising signs. He will have the next few months to get himself physically prepared to prove to Dallas that he deserves a lucrative long-term deal.
Dallas has quarterback questions to address in the 2020 season
Before the Dallas Cowboys and Dak Prescott reach that point, the team has a quarterback situation to address.
Dallas has struggled to find any consistency under center in the weeks following Prescott’s injury. The Cowboys have filtered through multiple options, with the latest being veteran quarterback Garrett Gilbert.
In his first career start, Gilbert put forth a respectable showing in the Week 9 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers. The SMU product played reasonably well against one of the league’s best defenses, completing 21-of-38 passes for 243 yards with a touchdown and an interception.
The Cowboys gave up their second-half lead, but Gilbert showed much poise in the role and guided the offense forward. Andy Dalton’s pending return will shift things a bit, but the 29-year-old has made an appealing case to become the starter moving forward.
Dallas is technically still in contention for the NFC East title, but they are moving toward finishing with one of the league’s worst record. The rest of the 2020 season could be Gilbert’s chance to produce in a starting role.