Dallas Cowboys HC Mike McCarthy Weighs in on Chances of Dak Prescott Playing Again This Preseason

Published 08/17/2021, 9:51 AM EDT
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)


For Dallas Cowboys fans, 2020 was a season to forget. Going 6-10 and in turn, missing the playoffs, America’s Team had it rough all throughout the season. 

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But perhaps the biggest blow the side endured was losing quarterback Dak Prescott to an injury. In their Week 7 tie versus the Washington Football team, Prescott suffered from a compound leg fracture which saw him sit out the rest of the season.

Two surgeries and months of rehab later, Prescott finally was finally deemed fit to take to the field once again. Appearing for the side’s training camp, Prescott looked as fit as ever doing what he does best.

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But then, another setback took place. The quarterback complained about a strain in his throwing shoulder. And just like that Prescott was sidelined yet again. 

But thankfully for the Cowboys, Prescott’s recent injury isn’t as bad as the one before. Prescott suffered from what is believed to be a latissimus strain and should be back to full training soon.

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But this has cast doubts on whether or not he will be able to take part in any of the Cowboys’ remaining preseason games. 

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The Dallas Cowboys didn’t wish to take their chances with Dak Prescott and opted not to start the quarterback in their first two preseason ties. 

And with two games remaining, Head Coach Mike McCarthy made it clear that if Prescott isn’t available for their third preseason tie against the Houston Texans, then isn’t any chance of him playing their final game either.  

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“If he doesn’t play this week I won’t play him in the fourth (preseason game),” McCarthy said as per the team’s official website“To me, the fourth one is for the players competing for the roster spots.”

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)

This means that if Prescott doesn’t play against the Texans, then his first snap will only come once the side opens their 2021 campaign against defending Super Bowl champs Tampa Bay Buccaneers on September 9. 

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“There’s no urgency from my perspective to see Dak play against Houston… It’s a plan of caution. We just really don’t want to put him in a position where he can reinjure it,” McCarthy added.

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Shivayan Roy

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Shivayan Roy is currently an NFL writer at EssentiallySports. After completing his Masters Diploma in Journalism from the Asian College of Journalism, Roy functioned as a reporter for Goal.com and extensively covered the FIFA U-17 World Cup.

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