Dak Prescott’s shoulder. Or more precisely, the muscle strain of his latissimus dorsi, has dominated the news cycles recently for the Dallas Cowboys. That's how it is in the NFL, starting quarterbacks reign supreme and when one is hurt, the focus will be there. For Prescott, that focus has shifted from his ankle to his shoulder.
Prescott seemed fine with his ankle in camp, but the muscle strain has kept him out going on two weeks now. He has done some light throwing in the last couple of days of practice. But Cowboys Nation and social media was a little up in arms yesterday when he announced he would be receiving a second MRI once he returned to Dallas.
It seems that the MRI is routine. He has not experienced any soreness since throwing for the last coupled of days, so it just appears to be a follow up procedure to make sure everything is as it should be.
“It’s about progressing at the right time. It all felt good out there [throwing the past two days]. Every throw I made. When they tell you to stop, you don’t want to hear it, but you (stop).” - Dak
Prescott and his coach, Mike McCarthy, recently spoke about his injury and recovery, along with a few other topics including just how good the Cowboys offense can be. You can check out the whole interview in the tweet below.
Specifically, Dak was asked about his recovery and keeping it from being a lingering issue, and being 100% throughout the season. Dak expressed no doubts.
There’s no doubt. And that’s the purpose of taking it slow and being cautious. The moment I kick back in and I get going again it’s not going to be lingering, there’s not going to be problems, and that’s us playing safe and being cautious with it. Last year was a tough year and I never want to miss that much football again.
Anybody who watched Hard Knocks knows that half the battle is keeping Prescott from doing too much. McCarthy knows that, too.
Well it is hard [holding Dak back]. I think the longer you do this job the more you worry. And respectfully, we’re protecting Dak from himself. We don’t want it to turn into a serious deal. We’re close [to his return], we’re getting there and he’s doing it the right way.
Still, everyone will be waiting for the result of the second MRI. If they get the all clear from that, Prescott has made it clear that he would like to play in the third preseason game against the Houston Texans. If that happens, everybody will finally be able to exhale.