The Dallas Cowboys held their first padded practice of training camp on Wednesday, but before practice even ended the story had nothing to do with anything but one thing. Quarterback Dak Prescott left practice early with an apparent arm issue. Before practice ended it was revealed that Prescott is dealing with a muscle pull which was a sense of relief.
As the evening began, though, a bit more to the story hit the surface. The Cowboys released a statement on Prescott noting that he underwent an MRI on Wednesday which revealed a muscle strain in his right shoulder.
Team statement on Dak Prescott: Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott underwent an MRI examination in Oxnard, CA. The results of that test showed that Prescott has a muscle strain in his right shoulder. He will be treated and further evaluated on a day-to-day basis.— Calvin Watkins (@calvinwatkins) July 28, 2021
Clearly Prescott was correct in his sensing that things weren’t totally right in his body as the MRI detected a muscle strain. This is hardly the most serious issue that could be occurring right now, but it is obviously not ideal.
Given that the Cowboys were so lost without Prescott after his injury last season, this is a situation that caused concern. Dak himself released a statement noting that he feels fine and that they are going to take things day by day.
Dak Prescott statement: “I felt some soreness when making certain throws today, and I really just decided not to push things too far. 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.”— Michael Gehlken (@GehlkenNFL) July 28, 2021
This result is so much better than any other significantly worse outcome. Seeing any player hurt in any capacity is obviously not a good thing, but the period of unknown had a lot of people significantly worried given the way that last season went.
Get well soon, Dak.
Update: 9:45pm ET
It was reported by The Dallas Morning News that Dak could miss a few weeks of camp.
Dak Prescott could miss a few weeks with shoulder injury — raising concerns for Cowboys’ backup QBs https://t.co/cSzhVSjHKu— David Moore (@DavidMooreDMN) July 29, 2021
It will be interesting to see what Mike McCarthy says about this on Thursday.