Prescott has been increasing his throwing in recent days and will officially be “limited” for tonight’s practice. Head coach Mike McCarthy confirmed to reporters moments ago that the staff will continue to build Prescott up without putting him in harms way during drills.
McCarthy also updated the plan for the sixth-year signal caller moving forward. There’s a hope that Prescott could play against the Houston Texans this coming Saturday, but if he doesn’t, he won’t take the field during exhibition games.
The game against Houston is the Cowboys’ third preseason contest, with the fourth and final game against the Jaguars on August 29 reserved for players who are competing for roster spots.
Mike McCarthy says QB Dak Prescott will be limited in tonight’s practice. Staff is trying to “build up his volume of throws” and will continue to lower his risk as much as possible. Prescott will not take part in competitive throwing situations. Staying on plan with his work.
— Brianna Dix (@DixBrianna) August 16, 2021
Mike McCarthy also confirms that if Dak isn’t available to play the third preseason game against Houston, he definitely won’t play the finale against Jacksonville. That’s for fringe roster guys.
So we’ll see Dak Prescott in a game either Saturday night or Sept. 9 in Tampa.
— David Helman (@HelmanDC) August 16, 2021
If Dak doesn’t play in the preseason, the regular season opener against Tampa Bay will be his first game action since breaking his ankle in Week 5 of the 2020 campaign. Ideally, McCarthy would get his franchise quarterback some preseason reps to help get the rust off.
However, there’s no reason to do that at the expense of his healing shoulder. If Prescott isn’t ready to go, the Cowboys are better off continuing to hold him out.
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