FRISCO, Texas — One after the other, Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott has crossed off totally different thresholds in his return from a compound fracture and dislocation of his proper ankle that he suffered final yr.
Monday’s sport in opposition to the Philadelphia Eagles represents one other one: his first contest at AT&T Stadium for the reason that harm.
“I feel it is going to be extra particular simply due to the quantity of Cowboys followers that shall be there versus the away video games,” Prescott stated after Friday’s observe. “I imply, clearly the primary two they traveled nice and felt the power and felt that, however simply understanding that the assist that they’ve given me over these previous, I assume, happening a yr, was necessary, was one thing that I felt. And understanding once I run on the market as soon as once more, whether or not it is pregame, whether or not it is in a second throughout the sport, simply to have the ability to see up there and know that after COVID and what all of us went by means of final yr, to have all of them again, yeah, it is going to be thrilling.
“I will take that second, I will be glad about it, however then flip the thoughts proper again once more to the Eagles’ protection and what I’ve to do to win the sport.”
Prescott, who didn’t play in both of the 2 preseason video games at AT&T Stadium, suffered the harm within the third quarter of the Cowboys’ sport in opposition to the New York Giants on Oct. 11, 2020. He underwent a surgical procedure that evening and had one other carried out final December earlier than getting right into a critical rehab routine that noticed him arrive match for the beginning of the Cowboys’ offseason program.
In coaching camp, he suffered a proper latissimus pressure that saved him out of 10 practices, however he has had no limitations since.
“It is necessary anytime Dak is on the market,” coach Mike McCarthy stated. “He is the face of our soccer crew. Simply from the offensive perspective, we’re totally different on offense when he is in cost.”
In two video games, Prescott has accomplished 76.5% of his passes (65 of 85) for 640 yards and three touchdowns with two interceptions. In final week’s win in opposition to the Chargers, he accomplished 23 of 27 passes, marking the fourth time he has accomplished not less than 85% of his throws in a sport, probably the most by a quarterback since 2016.
Prescott’s teammates have been so impressed along with his play that this being his first dwelling sport for the reason that harm was shocking.
“I did not even take into consideration that,” proper guard Zack Martin stated. “Once more, with Dak, an important sport is the following sport. I’d think about he is treating it like every other sport.”
Prescott can have huge receiver Amari Cooper, who went by means of a full observe on Friday regardless of having what he referred to as “cracked” ribs. He stated he’ll put on further safety in opposition to the Eagles after initially struggling the harm on a landing play within the opener in opposition to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
“I do not should be 100 % [to play],” Cooper stated.
Defensively, the Cowboys shall be skinny alongside the line of defense. Defensive sort out Carlos Watkins (knee) and defensive finish Dorance Armstrong (ankle) have been dominated out on Thursday and on Friday backup finish Bradlee Anae went on the reserve/COVID-19 record and can miss Monday’s sport.
“If it ain’t one factor, it is one other,” stated defensive finish Randy Gregory, who missed final week’s sport as a result of he was on the COVID record. “I imply, look, the panorama has been like that since final yr. Fortunately, guys are vaccinated, attempt to keep away from stuff like that and get again faster. Subsequent man up.”