Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones is optimistic that Dak Prescott will be ready to play in Week 1 versus the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Prescott suffered a right latissimus strain at the start of training camp and went two weeks without throwing the football but he his workload is now increasing each day.
“I wouldn’t be nervous this morning as where he is in his recovery. He’s there,” Jones said on 105.3 The Fan, via Mark Lane of WFAA. “I’d like for him to have this week of practice just to get ready to play Tampa, but, of course, we’ve got two weeks or two and a half weeks.
But the bottom line is he’s there. Everything that we’re doing to mitigate any needless, as far as what it gains us, everything we can do to be extra careful about any issues he has are just not worth the gain out here at practice to not give him the rest, and that’s not uncommon.
That’s very common for muscle pulls, soft issue-type injuries to give it some rest. So, that’s what we’re doing. When he wants to right now, he can let it go. Seen a lot of those exercises that he does as well as actually throwing the ball.
That will increase as each day goes by, each practice goes by. That will increase as we go to Tampa”.
Jones wants Prescott to stay healthy long-term
“I would say 100 percent of any type of restriction that he’s having right now is his gain; One hundred percent is about later in the season,” Jones said.
“I have no compunction about him going out there and playing against Tampa or for that matter playing early. I want to do everything we can so that there are no issues as we go on through the season, because we didn’t give it a little rest in the offseason”.
Recently, Prescott noted that he will do everything he can 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."