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Cowboys news: Source says Dak Prescott is no longer wearing the protective boot

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NFL: Dallas Cowboys at New England Patriots David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports

If the Cowboys want to go anywhere this season, they can’t take Dak Prescott’s calf strain lightly Calvin Watkins, DMN

Dak Prescott is no longer wearing the boot which is a very good sign.

On Sunday, a source said Prescott is out of the protective boot and another source said Prescott is feeling better.

The Cowboys don’t seem overly concerned with Prescott’s ability to play next Sunday against the Vikings. The first test for Prescott is Wednesday’s practice at The Star. If Prescott participates without any problems, then everything should be fine.

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The Cowboys are 5-1 coming out of the bye and while Mike McCarthy doesn’t believe the week off halts momentum, losing Prescott would douse everything.

In 2020, a season the Cowboys detest talking about, they went 4-7 without Prescott. Dallas encountered a four-game losing streak and in their seven losses, they failed to score more than 20 points in any of them.

Now with a healthy Prescott, offensive coordinator Kellen Moore is receiving attention about becoming a head coach somewhere and there’s plenty of reasons why.

Coming into Sunday’s games, the pair command the NFL’s No. 1 scoring offense (34.2 points per game), have the No. 1 overall offense, No. 2 rushing attack and fifth-best passing game.

3 Cowboys fined after Week 6 win, including WR CeeDee Lamb for goodbye wave- Todd Brock, Cowboys Wire

The NFL was not a fan of CeeDee Lamb waving goodbye to Jalen Mills after the Cowboys’ overtime win against the New England Patriots.

The NFL announced fines for three Cowboys on Saturday for actions in the Week 6 game in Foxborough. Lamb’s fine was for unsportsmanlike conduct, even thought the act itself came after the game officially went final and therefore didn’t draw a flag. The news was first reported by NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero, who points out that no fine was levied against Mills for his shove of Lamb.

But the second-year pass-catching phenom isn’t the only Cowboys player for whom the team’s fifth straight win proved to be a little costly.

Rookie cornerback Trevon Diggs received a $7,981 fine for unnecessary roughness; he hit Patriots receiver N’Keal Harry in the facemask after a play in the first quarter.

And offensive lineman Connor Williams drew the biggest fine of all, a $16,394 bill for a horribly-timed unsportsmanlike conduct penalty in the final seconds of the fourth quarter of play. That infraction created a dire 3rd-and-25 situation; it was only thanks to quarterback Dak Prescott’s 24-yard completion to Lamb on the next play that the Cowboys were able to attempt the 49-yard-field goal from Greg Zuerlein that ended up sending the game into overtime.

Cowboys’ Dak Prescott has Excelled Against the Blitz so far in 2021- Matthew Lenix, Inside The Star

Bring five, bring six, or bring all eleven. Dak Prescott has been able to throw under pressure through the first six weeks of the 2021 season.

Prescott has amassed 32% of his completions, 36% of his yards and 75% of his touchdown passes against the blitz. Pressure burst pipes they say, but obviously, it doesn’t phrase Prescott.

The former Offensive Rookie of the Year has been spreading the wealth by connecting with nine different receivers this season. Three have at least 30 receptions (Amari Cooper, CeeDee Lamb, Dalton Schultz) and six have at least 15 receptions.

Prescott’s aforementioned completion percentage is the best of his career as well as his 115 passer rating. He’s thrown at least three touchdowns in five of six games and has led two game-winning drives in the process.

Whether the pocket is clean or if there’s chaos, Prescott is carving up the NFL and leaving no doubt that he’s one of the top quarterbacks in the league.

Jerry Jones gives injury updates, talks the Cowboys’ biggest trade deadline challenge- SportsDay Staff, DMN

After confirming that several Cowboys players are progressing through injury according to plan, Jones expresses hesitation about pre-deadline trades.

What’s the latest status update on Dak Prescott, Tyron Smith and Michael Gallup?

Jerry Jones: “Well, the best way I can say it is picture a big ‘ol thumbs up. I think we’re all progressing, you can go down our list of guys that we have coming in the near term. Gallup, of course. Dak, I feel good about his status. And, as we had planned, really when I go down through all the players that we expect to join us in the near future, substantive players, I can give a thumbs up across the board on it. I don’t have any setbacks or surprises on any of them.”

Are the Cowboys already calling around regarding trade deadline possibilities?

Jones: “Oh, for business, year-round. Absolutely. That’s common knowledge. But absolutely, we’ll talk to any numbers of people. On the other hand, we’re, I think have a unique situation because we’ve got players coming that we’re going to have to have roster spot room for. And so, we’re busy. We always say well that usually takes care of itself.

Dallas Cowboys Draft: 5 Draft prospects Cowboys fans should know- Reid Hanson, FanSided

There are a few college players Dallas fans should look out for.

Trent McDuffie, CB

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Last year the Dallas Cowboys planned to draft one of the top-2 CBs in the 2021 NFL Draft. To the surprise of many, both went off the board before they got their chance, so they adjusted strategy and aimed at uber-green prospect, Kelvin Joseph, in the second round.

Falling to injury in camp, Joseph has yet to see the field for Dallas. The 5-foot-11 prospect from Kentucky only had nine career starts in college and could take time developing as a pro. Based on this, Dallas is every bit in the market for a starting CB this draft cycle as they were last draft cycle. Especially when you consider they may be moving on from veterans like Anthony Brown and/or Jourdan Lewis.

While it would be great if top CB prospect, Kaiir Elam fell into Dallas’ laps, it’s just not very realistic. Who we’re looking at here is guy flying under the radar out west. We’re looking at CB Trent McDuffie.

At 5-foot-11, 195lbs, McDuffie isn’t the long and lean CB we usually peg Dallas for. He’s more like, well, Kelvin Joseph. But unlike Joseph, McDuffie is known as a highly coachable player with a wealth of experience and an ever-improving game.

Dallas Cowboys: The latest comments by Stephen Jones on any trades- Luis Tirado Jr., FanSided

Despite Jerry Jones expressing hesitancy about trading before the deadline, Stephen Jones wants to be a buyer.

Stephen Jones confirms the Dallas Cowboys will look at trade offers

“Feeling really good about between what we have on our 53, as we said, what we have on our practice squad, what we have on injured reserve with players that have great opportunities to return and help us — feel really good about this team,” said Jones. “But at the same time if there’s the right situation out there, we’ll take a long, hard look at it.”

As always, these latest comments by Jones confirm what the Cowboys tend to do in being “open for business” all year long and willing to hear any offers. Of course, if a good offer comes that both sides get what they need in regards to trading for players and/or draft picks, it should definitely be considered.

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