Dak Prescott Injury Update: Dallas Cowboys Quarterback Scheduled to Start in Week 1 Against Bucs

Published 08/22/2021, 12:08 PM EDT
OXNARD, CA – AUGUST 03: Quarterback Dak Prescott #4 of the Dallas Cowboys participates in drills during practice at River Ridge Complex on August 3, 2021 in Oxnard, California. (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images)


Dallas Cowboys head coach Mike McCarthy suffered a dismal outing in his debut season in Texas last year. The former Green Bay Packers man could only guide his team to a third-place finish in the NFC East division, above rivals Philadelphia Eagles. A major reason behind their poor finish to their 2020 NFL campaign was the absence of star quarterback, Dak Prescott.

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Aug 24, 2020; Frisco, TX, USA; Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott during training camp at Ford Center at The Star in Frisco, Texas. Mandatory Credit: James D. Smith via USA TODAY Sports

The 2016 first-round pick was ruled out of the season in Week 5 after he suffered a nasty double compound ankle fracture in the win over the New York Giants. He immediately underwent multiple surgeries on the injury and was given a 9-10 month recovery period. Prescott’s rehabilitation period has gone as per plan and he was on schedule to make an appearance in the preseason.

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But after not featuring in both the games this month, there were doubts about his fitness levels.

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Despite coach Mike McCarthy claiming that Dak Prescott is a ‘doubt’ for the Week 1 game against Tampa Bay Buccaneers, the 28-year old is expected to start next month. ESPN insider Stephania Bell was the first to confirm the same this weekend.

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Here’s what Dallas Cowboys owner, Jerry Jones, had to say on the same on Saturday night’s Countdown to Kickoff pregame show.

“If we were playing tonight against Tampa, he’d be starting. That really has been the case over the past couple of weeks. There is just no need with the kind of work he got in before we went to California and then the work he got in in the early days in California, there is no reason to push it. If they said rest it, then let’s double rest it,” Jones said on the show via NFL Network.

GLENDALE, ARIZONA – AUGUST 13: Quarterback Dak Prescott #4 and head coach Mike McCarthy of the Dallas Cowboys before the NFL preseason game against the Arizona Cardinals at State Farm Stadium on August 13, 2021 in Glendale, Arizona. The Cardinals defeated the Dallas Cowboys 19-16. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

The Cowboys play their final preseason game against Urban Meyer’s new look Jacksonville Jaguars franchise. A host of first-team regulars are expected to get minutes in that game. Will Dak be one of them? Tell us what you think in the comments below.

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Daniel Arambur is an NFL writer and content strategist for EssentiallySports.With more than 1,000 articles, he is one of the senior writers in the NFL cohort at ES. A mass media graduate from the University of Mumbai, Daniel has found the perfect blend of vocation and passion in the sports content niche.

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