Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott has confirmed that he will play in Week 1 versus the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Prescott suffered a shoulder strain at the start of training camp and he sat out the entire preseason. "I'm definitely ready.
I'm excited," he said after Friday's practice in full pads. "I put in a lot of work to get to this point. Whether it was months ago, rehabbing the ankle, to the last few [weeks] keeping the feet working while I was letting my arm rest.
There is so much work I put into this I'm just excited to go out there and be a part of the full game. Just being out there with my brothers and being able to do something I love." The Cowboys took an extremely careful approach with Prescott after he went down with a shoulder strain.
"I think we went about this process the right way that part of it was protecting me from myself," Prescott said. "I mean, the moment I got into any team reps, I wasn't dialing anything down. I wasn't trying to throw a certain amount of percentage.
I think that's just the way I play the game, I just went out there and playing within the moment, ripping passes, not thinking about it, just making the plays I needed to make. Then after two days like that realizing there wasn't any residual effect and I wasn't sore.
I've been sticking to the plan and it's all worked out. Yeah, from the shoulder to the leg to my mind, I'm ready to go."
Coach gives credit to Prescott
Prescott returned to full practice activities just recently.
"You've got to give him credit for the process that he worked himself through," coach Mike McCarthy said. "It isn't like he just stood in the back and didn't do anything while he wasn't throwing.
He's staying on top of the footwork. His conditioning couldn't be better. All the extra work that all these guys put into it, Dak took advantage of that time." The last year hasn't been easy for Prescott but he was always looking for a way to improve.
"When I look back now, it's kind of flown by. It has," Prescott said. "But it definitely wasn't a blur because everything was very purposeful: everything I was doing with the game, away from the game, just trying to make myself a better person, better player and it's just exciting. I know everything's cultivated for this moment."