Despite the minor shoulder injury he suffered earlier this summer, Dak Prescott has reportedly been on track to take the field with the Dallas Cowboys in the NFL’s season opener this Thursday. On Monday, another sign indicated that the 28-year-old should be ready to go for kick-off.
The Cowboys listed Prescott as a full participant in Monday’s practice, according to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport. For the last few weeks, the Dallas coaching staff had been cautious with their starting quarterback but with the game just three days away, it was time to give him the green light.
Prescott has been the talk of the offseason for the Cowboys as a minor shoulder strain briefly sidetracked his full-time return from last year’s gruesome leg injury. The organization maintained that the tweaked shoulder on his throwing arm wasn’t a major issue, but fans started to grow concerned when he missed significantly more time than expected.
Nevertheless, the Cowboys confidence never wavered and Prescott has reportedly taken some major steps forward in the last two weeks. With the shoulder injury apparently behind him, the 28-year-old is ready to take the field for the first time since last October.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) September 6, 2021
Prescott will have some other challenges to face heading into Thursday’s game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The Cowboys will be without starting right guard Zack Martin who tested positive for COVID-19, marking a major blow for the team’s offensive line. With the Bucs fearsome pass rush, Dallas’s starting quarterback will need to be prepared to face relentless pressure during the game.
Question will certainly surround Prescott’s health in the coming days. The only way for him to prove that he’s close to 100 percent is to show so on the field Thursday.
The Cowboys-Buccaneers 2021 season opener will get underway at 8:20 p.m. ET from Raymond James Stadium in Tampa Bay.
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