Dak Prescott

Dallas Cowboys
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Dallas Cowboys
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Plans to play this preseason

Prescott and coach Mike McCarthy both expect the quarterback to play this preseason, Michael Gehlken of The Dallas Morning News reports.

Analysis: We aren't likely t see Prescott in the Hall of Fame Game against Pittsburgh on Aug. 5, but he might suit up later in the preseason -- perhaps Aug. 21 vs. the Texans or Aug. 29 vs. Jacksonville. Regardless, he's well on his way to a Week 1 appearance, having participated in 11-on-11s this Thursday at the first practice of Cowboys training camp. The team may still limit Prescott's workload once full pads come on, though he says his surgically-repaired ankle has been a non-issue so far, noting that he doesn't even think about it when he's on the field.

Jul 23, 2021 1:01 PM EST

Opens camp with full practice

Prescott (ankle) practiced fully Thursday, Todd Archer of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: As the Cowboys kicked off training camp, Prescott took his usual place with the first-team offense, completing 11 of 16 passes during 11-on-11 drills. The development is a positive one for Prescott, who suffered a compound fracture and dislocation of his right ankle that ended his season Week 5 last October. In any case, the true final test of his health will come at some point during the preseason, whether it's in the Hall of Fame Game on Aug. 5 or during one of Dallas' three other exhibitions next month.

Jul 22, 2021 3:28 PM EST

Practices on first day of camp

Prescott (ankle) is participating in 11-on-11 drills Thursday afternoon at the first practice of Cowboys training camp, Michael Gehlken of The Dallas Morning News reports.

Analysis: This comes as no surprise on the heels of coach Mike McCarthy's Wednesday media session in which he revealed his expectation for Prescott to be a full participant throughout camp. McCarthy did leave the door open for the Cowboys to limit Prescott's workload if any issues pop up, but it sounds like the QB is taking his normal snaps so far. He suffered a compound fracture and dislocation of his ankle last October, then signed a four-year, $160 million contract in March.

Jul 22, 2021 12:58 PM EST

Should practice fully in camp

Coach Mike McCarthy reiterated Wednesday that he expect Prescott (ankle) to be able to participate fully in practice once training camp opens, Calvin Watkins of The Dallas Morning News reports.

Analysis: That said, McCarthy did acknowledge that the notion of the QB working fully once camp gets underway is "still a projection" and that Prescott will need to be monitored. Still, things are clearly moving in the right direction for the team's franchise signal caller, who is bouncing back from a broken ankle that ended his 2020 season in Week 5.

Jul 21, 2021 1:37 PM EST

Should be full-go at training camp

Head coach Mike McCarthy indicated Tuesday that he anticipates Prescott (ankle) being full-go by the time training camp rolls around, Todd Archer of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: Considering Prescott was nearly full-go for OTAs, it shouldn't come as a shock that he will likely be ready to resume his full duties under center next month. Prescott didn't get a ton of time to get acclimated to McCarthy's system last year before going down for the season with a compound fracture in his right foot, but he did complete 68 percent of his 222 pass attempts for 1,856 yards and a 9:4 TD:INT ratio over four-plus games, including 450-plus passing yards on each of the three games prior to going down. Prescott returns to the head of a Cowboys offense loaded with wideout talent, so there's no reason to expect a dropoff from him as long as he can stay on the field.

Jun 8, 2021 12:34 PM EST

No issues in OTAs

Prescott didn't take part in full team drills during Tuesday's OTAs but his ankle didn't appear to be an issue during individual and 7-on-7 drills, Jon Machota of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: Per coach Mike McCarthy, the quarterback is "ahead of schedule" in his recovery from last year's ankle surgery. "I'm pretty much a full-go," Prescott said Tuesday. "I'm not being limited or restricted to doing anything. I'm ready to go. I don't know as far as being tackled or my ankle being jerked and stuff under a pile, obviously we're not there yet. But we're far from being there, so I'm good to go, really." He won't see any contact until then, but Prescott is on track to be a full participant once training camp begins in July.

May 26, 2021 9:16 AM EST

On track for training camp

Coach Mike McCarthy said Prescott (ankle) is expected to be cleared in time for training camp in July, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

Analysis: The 27-year-old was given a 4-to-6 month recovery timeline after undergoing surgery to address the compound fracture and dislocation of his right ankle in October, and he also underwent a second cleanup procedure in December. Prescott reaches a new deal with the Cowboys in March that includes $126 million guaranteed, and the team remains optimistic about his recovery as it begins on-field work in the offseason program.

May 15, 2021 4:24 PM EST

Continues to progress with recovery

Coach Mike McCarthy said Prescott is making progress in his recovery from a season-ending right ankle injury, Rob Phillips of the Cowboys' official site reports. "He's throwing now, doing footwork drills. He's made a lot of progress," McCarthy noted.

Analysis: When he suffered the compound fracture and dislocation in Week 5 of last season, Prescott was leading the NFL in passing with 1,856 passing yards to go with nine touchdowns and four interceptions through nearly five contests. Once surgery was ordered up on the same day, he entered the rehab process, which included a second procedure in December, walking on an anti-gravity treadmill and in a pool in January and the aforementioned footwork drills in April. The Cowboys are aiming for Prescott to be healthy and ready for training camp.

Apr 27, 2021 4:19 PM EST

Gets $126 million guaranteed

The Cowboys and Prescott (ankle) agreed to a four-year, $160 million contract, which includes $126 million guaranteed, Mike Garafolo of NFL Network reports.

Analysis: Among the terms of the deal, Prescott received a record-setting $66 million signing bonus and $75 million in 2021, per Schefter. Schefter also noted the Cowboys will placed the franchise tag on Prescott on Tuesday, which is merely a procedural move so they can't use the tag on the quarterback again in the future. With his future for the next four campaigns known, Prescott will resume his recover from a season-ending ankle injury with an aim toward being healthy for training camp.

Mar 8, 2021 4:04 PM EST

Reaches agreement on new deal

The Cowboys and Prescott (ankle) reached an agreement on a new contract Monday, Mike Garafolo of NFL Network reports.

Analysis: The terms of the deal have not been released, but Prescott is destined to avoid the franchise tag for a second straight season and instead will remain in Dallas for the long term. He's in the midst of a recovery from a brutal season-ending from Week 5 of the last campaign, but there's an expectation that he'll be healthy enough to take the field by training camp.

Mar 8, 2021 3:57 PM EST

On track for training camp

Prescott underwent a second ankle surgery in December but is expected to be ready for training camp in late July, Calvin Watkins of The Dallas Morning News reports.

Analysis: The second ankle surgery wasn't considered a setback. Instead, the procedure strengthened his right ankle following October surgery that repaired a compound fracture and dislocation. The 27-year-old quarterback remains on track for training camp, although it's uncertain whether he'll be back with the Cowboys. Prescott would earn $37.6 million if he played under the franchise tag for a second straight season, but he'd like the security of a long-term contract, specifically a four-year deal to allow for another contract while he's in his prime. The Cowboys are still an ideal situation for Prescott, as the team features an elite arsenal of offensive weapons, including Ezekiel Elliott, Amari Cooper, Michael Gallup and CeeDee Lamb.

Feb 7, 2021 10:53 AM EST

Making impressive recovery progress

Prescott (ankle) is making impressive progress in his recovery and is expected to be in the Cowboys' plans for the 2021 season, Adam Maya of NFL.com reports.

Analysis: Prescott has been walking on an anti-gravity treadmill and in a pool, and the Cowboys believe he can come back at 100 percent in 2021. In turn, the Cowboys are actively working toward a long-term deal with Prescott after the quarterback played on the franchise tag in 2020. Owner Jerry Jones even said that Prescott has increased leverage now because of how well he played before suffering the devastating ankle injury in Week 5. Through the first four games, Prescott posted 1,690 passing yards, nine touchdowns and three interceptions, adding 86 rushing yards and three scores. If Prescott truly comes back at full speed and is retained in Dallas, the team will immediately be ready to make a playoff push in 2021 with mainstays Ezekiel Elliott, Amari Cooper (lower leg), Michael Gallup and CeeDee Lamb in the fold.

Jan 16, 2021 1:22 PM EST

Contract negotiations can resume

Getting Prescott signed to a long-term deal is the Cowboys' top offseason priority according to executive vice president Stephen Jones, Mike Fisher of Sports Illustrated reports.

Analysis: "(It's) certainly at the top" of the team's to-do list, Jones said Monday on 105.3 The Fan. With the Cowboys' season officially over after Sunday's loss to the Giants, negotiations on a long-term contract can resume at any time, and both Stephen and his father, owner/GM Jerry Jones, have repeatedly insisted Prescott is their quarterback of the future. That said, the QB played last season under the franchise tag because the two sides couldn't agree on the length of a new deal, as Prescott and his camp wanted one that made him a free agent a year sooner than what Dallas was offering. Prior to his season-ending ankle injury in Week 5, the 27-year-old was only improving his bargaining position with an explosive start to the campaign that had him on pace for nearly 6,000 passing yards. Assuming Prescott is a Cowboy again in 2021, he should have all the key pieces of the offense back around him -- including offensive coordinator Kellen Moore, who received a long-term extension of his own over the weekend -- and the only thing standing between Prescott and another huge statistical season might be improvement from a Dallas defense that was among the worst units in the NFL in 2020.

Jan 4, 2021 11:18 AM EST

Recovering ahead of schedule

Cowboys executive vice president Stephen Jones said Monday that Prescott (ankle) is progressing ahead of schedule in his recovery from surgery to repair his fractured ankle, Clarence E. Hill Jr. of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports.

Analysis: Prescott isn't a candidate to return this season, but it's certainly good news to see that the 27-year-old's recovery is progressing quickly and without any setbacks. The Cowboys previously expressed optimism that Prescott, who began 2020 on a record-setting pace through five contests, will be able to participate in offseason workouts as early as late April. Jones also rejected the notion that the Cowboys could entertain drafting a quarterback in 2021 even with presented with a top-three pick, per Hill, saying "Prescott is our quarterback and we are fired up about our future with him." Dallas will have the option of assigning a $37.7 million franchise tag to Prescott for 2021 if he and the team can't agree on a long-term deal.

Nov 9, 2020 1:00 PM EST

Officially moves to IR

The Cowboys placed Prescott (ankle) on injured reserve Monday, Tom Pelissero of NFL Network reports.

Analysis: Prescott's spot on the 53-man roster will be taken up by Leighton Vander Esch (collarbone). The star quarterback is set to remain on IR to conclude the 2020 season due to his right ankle compound fracture and dislocation, but the Cowboys are hopeful he'll be ready to participate in offseason workouts as early as late April. Team owner Jerry Jones has suggested that he envisions Dallas retaining Prescott, though it remains to be seen whether a long-term deal will be negotiated. The Cowboys will also have the ability to assign Prescott the franchise tag for a second consecutive year, though such a move would raise his salary to $37.7 million.

Oct 19, 2020 11:28 AM EST

Should be ready for offseason work

Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said Tuesday that he expects Prescott (ankle) will be ready to join the team for offseason workouts in late April or early May, David Helman of the Cowboys' official site reports.

Analysis: A spring return to full activities essentially aligns with the 4-to-6-month recovery timeline Prescott received Monday after undergoing surgery to address the season-ending right ankle compound fracture and dislocation he suffered in the Week 5 win over the Giants. Even if his recovery proceeds as planned, Prescott may be reluctant to report for workouts until his contract situation is resolved. Prescott, who is playing under a $31.4 million franchise tag in 2020, could be tagged again in 2021 if he and the Cowboys aren't able to come to terms on a long-term deal. Jones has suggested that he's interested in retaining Prescott, though Jones noted Tuesday that he would like the coaching staff to be more judicious in how the quarterback is used as a runner coming off the major injury, according to Todd Archer of ESPN.com.

Oct 13, 2020 8:03 AM EST

Expects 4-to-6 month recovery

Prescott (ankle) has been given a four to six month recovery window and will be released from hospitalization Monday, Jane Slater of NFL Network reports.

Analysis: Prescott's recovery timeframe sets him up to miss the remainder of the season after suffering a right ankle compound fracture and dislocation Sunday, for which he's since undergone successful surgery. Over five games in 2020, Prescott compiled 1,690 passing yards and a 9:3 TD:INT ratio, in addition to three rushing scores and a receiving touchdown. He'll now hand the reins over to Andy Dalton. The 27-year-old's anticipated rehab window hints at optimism that he could return for 2021 without major complications, though he doesn't yet have a contract with the Cowboys beyond this season.

Oct 12, 2020 8:12 AM EST

Surgery a success

Prescott has undergone successful surgery to address his right ankle compound fracture and dislocation Sunday, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

Analysis: Prescott had to undergo same-day surgery after suffering a devastating ankle injury against the Giants, and he'll now set his sights on what stands to be a long road to recovery. Given the severity of his injury, the Cowboys are expected to place Prescott on IR in the near future, while turning to Andy Dalton under center for the rest of the year. The 27-year-old doesn't currently have a contract with Dallas beyond the 2020 season.

Oct 11, 2020 8:33 PM EST

Likely done for the year

Prescott is expected to miss the remainder of the season due to a severe ankle injury sustained during Sunday's 37-34 win over the Giants, Michael Gehlken of The Dallas Morning News reports.

Analysis: Prescott had to be transported to a local Arlington hospital after suffering a right ankle compound fracture and dislocation Sunday, and he'll now undergo what is expected to be season-ending surgery to address the injury. The 27-year-old's 2020 campaign will come to an end with 1,856 passing yards, nine touchdowns and four interceptions, a 16-game pace which would have put him on track to set multiple records. He also caught one touchdown versus the Giants. In Prescott's stead, Andy Dalton will step up under center and lead the Cowboys' passing attack for the rest of the year.

Oct 11, 2020 5:14 PM EST

Undergoing ankle surgery

Prescott will undergo surgery on his right ankle Sunday, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

Analysis: Prescott suffered what the Cowboys have termed a "serious right ankle injury" during Sunday's game against the Giants, as he had his leg twisted up while being tackled. The star quarterback had to be carted off the field and was immediately transported to a local Arlington hospital, where he'll undergo surgery. Andy Dalton will slot into the starting lineup for Dallas as long as Prescott remains out.

Oct 11, 2020 4:15 PM EST

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