Dallas Cowboys Head Coach Confirms Dak Prescott is a Doubt for Opening Day Game Against the Buccaneers

Published 08/19/2021, 10:36 PM 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)


Dak Prescott started the 2020 NFL season playing on a franchise tag for NFC East franchise, Dallas Cowboys. He was desperate to prove his worth as his entourage continued to negotiate a long-term contract with owner Jerry Jones. Prescott started the season on a strong personal note under new head coach Mike McCarthy.

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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)

However, Dak’s season came to an abrupt end after he suffered a double compound ankle fracture in the Week 5 win over New York Giants. He underwent multiple surgeries almost immediately after the incident and was told he’d need at least 9-10 months to make a full recovery. He finished the campaign with 1,856 passing yards with 9 passing TDs in just 5 games.

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Despite his injury, the Cowboys tied him down to a four-year contract extension worth $160 million with $126 million in guarantees. The deal included a $66 million signing bonus, the highest in NFL history

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Dak Prescott a major doubt for season opener against Tampa Bay Buccaneers

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In the build-up to the 2021 NFL season, Dak Prescott’s rehabilitation schedule was going as per plan. The Dallas Cowboys’ main man was back in training and was reportedly working towards making an appearance in the preseason. However, he suffered a shoulder injury setback in the last week and coach McCarthy now revealed that Prescott is most likely not going to feature in Week 1 either.

“Dak’s status is limited. We’ll just continue the throwing regimen and keep building up the volume. There’s a good chance he probably won’t play,” McCarthy said earlier today.

ARLINGTON, TEXAS – DECEMBER 29: Dak Prescott #4 of the Dallas Cowboys warms up before the game against the Washington Redskins at AT&T Stadium on December 29, 2019 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)

The Cowboys are scheduled to take on defending champions Tampa Bay Buccaneers who are led by 7-time Super Bowl winner, Tom Brady. The 2021 NFL opening game will be played at the Raymond James Stadium on September 10.

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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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