Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott has underlined that the most important thing for him is keep progressing the right way from his latissimus strain. Prescott suffered a latissimus strain in his shoulder on July 28 and was shut down from throwing for two weeks.
"But I've got to keep progressing the right way," Prescott said, per ESPN. "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."
Prescott is determined to be ready for Week 1. "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," Prescott 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."
Prescott could start throwing next week
"Obviously, if everything keeps progressing the way it's been, I'm going to be optimistic about that," Prescott said.
".. Keep doing the things that I need to do; being very cautious with it, though. Making sure that, more importantly, I'm ready for the season opener." Prescott did some light throwing in the past couple of days but he was not allowed to test his arm with deeper and more challenging throws.
"I'll progress to those pretty quick, I think," Prescott said. "Right now it's just about being, I think, in the team activity and ripping a pass, not worrying about it. Just trying to make sure I'm healthy enough to do that when that time comes because once I get back in a competition setting or team setting, I'm not going to think about my arm no matter what day or what stage it is.
So it's about progressing to it at the right time." Prescott is optimistic his injury won't have long-term effects. "Talking to other doctors, talking to people who have dealt with injuries like this, if you stay on that path and you get past it, once you're healed for the most part, you're ready to go," he said.
"It's not anything you think about or anything you worry about. As I said, it's just about doing that and doing it the right way that I don't have a setback and then I'm worried about it and it would be tender throughout the year and would have to be on a pitch count."