FRISCO, TX – For Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott, this is a must-have shoe.
Prescott was a limited participant in Thursday’s practice because a new pair of cleats made her surgically repaired right ankle feel “uncomfortable.”
“I promise you I’m great,” said Prescott. “Just be very, very careful. Changed shoes today, probably not the best idea. We are good to go. Promise.”
The Cowboys have a light workout on Friday, “but come Saturday, yeah, we’ll be rolling,” he said. Dallas’ season began on Sunday at AT&T Stadium against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Prescott was on the field on Thursday for a portion of practice that was open to the media before heading to the locker room. He said he didn’t turn the ankle in the exercise; He was breaking into a new pair of Jordan 11s after wearing Jordan 1s all summer long during training camp. He wore Jordan 11s for last season’s games, but said he would return to Jordan 1s.
Prescott suffered a compound fracture and dislocation of his right ankle in the fifth game of the 2020 season, but had no problems with it last year when he set the team record for touchdown passes (37) in a season. Last year, he missed a game due to a calf strain.
Prescott’s health was a big deal going into last year’s season opening against the Buccaneers as he missed most of the camp recovering from a true latissimus strain. He said at the camp this summer it was the best he’s ever had.
“It’s the league, and if you don’t report the hangnails, you’ll be suspended or fined, sorry,” Prescott said. “But, no, I feel great. I still feel the best I’ve felt in a very long time. It can’t even compare to where I was going in this sport last year. Honestly So, just excited and ready for Sunday. Come here.”
Prescott initially underestimated the severity of the latissimus strain last year as well.
“That was a baseball deal. I wasn’t sure,” Prescott said. “They’re not even comparable. Apparently, when I found out about the shoulder (he had non-throwing shoulder surgery in February), I had to take back what I said. It’s not even, no, Not even a comparison.”
Two years away from an ankle injury, Prescott is not going through the same rigorous pre-war warm-up exercises that he did last season.
In last year’s opener versus Tampa Bay, Prescott threw for 403 yards, while completing 42 of 58 passes with three touchdowns and one interception in the 31-29 loss. He said that this minor setback will not keep him confined till Sunday.
“Absolutely not. It can’t be,” Prescott said. “Not at all. No chance.”