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Cowboys star Dak Prescott off ‘pitch count’ after shoulder injury: ‘We’re just playing ball’ - Ryan Young, Yahoo Sports

All through training camp the team said Dak was on track to be ready for week one. Looks like that is, in fact, true.

It sounds like Dak Prescott is back to normal.

Dallas Cowboys offensive coordinator Kellen More said Thursday that Prescott is off a pitch count and “looked great” after dealing with a right shoulder injury throughout the preseason.

“We’re just playing ball at this point,” Moore said, via ESPN’s Todd Archer. “We’re not looking at anything from a limitation standpoint … From his standpoint, we’re getting ready for the regular season and Tampa Bay.”

Prescott first strained his shoulder in July, and has missed all of Dallas’ preseason games so far recovering from it. Head coach Mike McCarthy said last week that Prescott likely won’t get to see the field at all in the preseason, including their final game against the Jacksonville Jaguars on Sunday.

Instead, Prescott is expected to start for their season opener against the Buccaneers on Sept. 9, where they’re listed as a +7.5 underdog on BetMGM.

Dallas Cowboys DC Dan Quinn to return soon from COVID, credits vaccine for mild case - Clarence Hill Jr., Star Telegram

It looks as if the Cowboys defensive coordinator had mild symptoms and should be back calling plays sooner rather than later.

Dallas Cowboys defensive coordinator Dan Quinn could return for Sunday’s preseason finale against Jacksonville after testing positive for COVID-19 last week.

He needs two consecutive negative tests over a 24-hour period before he is cleared to come back.

But he is feeling much better and raring to go after being away from the team but communicating virtually all week.

“Well, I’m feeling fine now and so I have to get the negative tests,” Quinn said via phone on Thursday. “When you get those cleared, that’s the policy that is in place. Just waiting for those to happen and when they do I’ll be back and ready to go.

“Obviously, I have been ready to get going but you’ve got to follow instructions. There’s not a lot you can do other than just staying involved and staying in the moment with the guys and being ready. That’s kind of where I’m at.”

Safety Donovan Wilson Dealing With a Sore Groin - Matthew Lenix, Inside The Star

Wilson went off the practice field with a trainer early in Wednesday’s practice. Lets hope it isn't too serious.

The Dallas Cowboys are currently thin at the safety position entering their final preseason game. Malik Hooker, Damontae Kazee, and rookie Israel Mukuamu are all on the Reserve/COVID-19 list. As if that wasn’t bad enough, Donovan Wilson, who was one of the breakout stars on defense in 2020, is now dealing with a sore groin.

This isn’t unfamiliar territory for Wilson. He missed two games last season with a groin injury. However, he didn’t let that stop him from having an excellent season. Wilson amassed 71 tackles, two interceptions, three pass breakups, three forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries, and 3.5 sacks in 14 games (10 starts).

The absence of Wilson means more opportunities for veterans Jayron Kearse and Darian Thompson not only in practice but this Sunday against the Jacksonville Jaguars.

Jabril Cox’s Progress Further Strengthens LB Group - Rob Phillips, Dallascowboys.com

With additions via the draft and free agency, the Cowboys linebacker group looks to be deep and talented.

FRISCO, Texas – Mike McCarthy has coached in the NFL since 1993, including 15 years as a head coach. He can’t think of a stronger linebacker group on paper than the Cowboys’ current group.

“I’ve never had comfort like we have right now,” the Cowboys’ head coach said. “I’m not trying to disrespect anybody, but to have that depth and that veteran experience from top to bottom and then to have the rookie class joining, it’s an outstanding group of linebackers.”

It’s a great situation for McCarthy and his staff. From a playing time standpoint, it’s an uphill climb for Jabril Cox – a three-time FCS national champion at North Dakota State and one-year starter at SEC powerhouse LSU – who’s battling for reps behind veterans Leighton Vander Esch, Jaylon Smith and Keanu Neal as well as 12th-overall draft pick Micah Parsons.

But Cox, a fourth-round draft pick in April, sees the depth as a chance to learn.

Cooper Rush: Is the Cowboys primary backup QB role his to lose? - Steven Mullenax, The Landry Hat

During the Cowboys last preseason game versus the Houston Texans, the view of the teams QB2 seemed to change.

Coming off a terrific performance in the Dallas Cowboys‘ third preseason game against the Houston Texans, is Cooper Rush now the favorite to assume the primary backup quarterback role behind Dak Prescott? His performance this Sunday could clinch it.

Rush, who is on his second stint with the Cowboys, put together a stellar stat line against the Texans last Saturday night. Completing 10 of his 12 pass attempts for 97 yards and two touchdowns, Rush outperformed fellow passers Garrett Gilbert and Ben DiNucci in the team’s third exhibition game.

Gilbert, who has started every preseason game so far and has yet to throw a single touchdown, had his worst outing so far against the Texans. Completing three of his five pass attempts for 30 yards, the veteran passer fumbled the ball away during a sack which resulted in an early turnover.

DiNucci played the entire second half against the Texans, but the former seventh-rounder threw three interceptions. That poor performance has likely sealed his fate as a cut casualty at the end of the month and, at best, made him a candidate for the practice squad.

Untold Draft Moments Featured in “War Stories” - Nick Eatman, Dallascowboys.com

The Deep Blue series has produced some amazing documentaries as of late, and this looks to be no different.

Have you seen Emmitt Smith getting the call from Jimmy Johnson in the War Room back in 1990?

What about the time Jerry Jones had two different teams on the phone as he’s trying to work out a trade with the clock winding down.

Did you know both Michael Irvin and Emmitt were nearly in Green Bay?

What about a trade the Cowboys were considering that would’ve prevented both Zeke and Dak from coming here five years ago?

All of that and more are featured in “War Stories,” third Deep Blue documentary this season.

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