The talk that has been dominating Dallas headlines over the past few weeks is the health of Dak Prescott and his shoulder. On Saturday afternoon, Ian Rapoport calmed all fears when he reported that all of the 28-year-old’s tests have come back positive and that the Cowboys still feel optimistic about his recovery.
“Dak Prescott continues to progress and had no issues after throwing prior to last night’s game. All tests have been good,” Rapoport wrote on Twitter. The Cowboys are taking it slow, but the hope was to practice some this week and play in the final preseason game.”
Cowboys fans can breathe a sigh of relief after Michael Irvin scared the fan base half to death when he accused the team of downplaying the injury.
“When I was there at camp, he was throwing the ball back to the guy that was snapping it to him with his left hand,” Irvin said.
“It only takes that little wave with the right hand to throw the ball two yards, and I was like, ‘Oh, no. Oh, no.’”
“The worst thing in the world, right now, is to have everybody in camp saying, ‘Oh, no, we’re going to have to play this season without Dak.’ Or, ‘We’re going to have to miss a considerable amount of time without Dak.’”
Irvin added, “You don’t stay out this long with something this minor at that position when you had all of last year off.”
After Wednesday’s practice, Prescott said he has not felt any residual or unexpected pain after his first two throwing sessions, and also said he would like to play against the Houston Texans.
“But I’ve got to keep progressing the right way,” he said. “As long as I don’t have any setbacks, when we get to that crossroads we’ll obviously talk to the doctors and coaches and figure out what’s best.”
“I think that’s because people that know me, the people who know the competitor I am, and I’m going to do whatever it takes to make sure I’m out there,” he said. “But as I’ve said, this is something we want to nip in the bud and not let continue to linger. And I think the best way we do that is stay on the pace that I am and progress through it the right way, and once Sept. 9 comes I’ll play that game and move forward without ever thinking about this again.”