Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott is excited about playing his first game AT&T Stadium since suffering a gruesome ankle injury. Prescott, who suffered a season-ending ankle injury in Week 5 of the 2020 season, was able to return to action at the start of this season.
The Cowboys played their first two games of the season on the road, losing to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and beating the Los Angeles Chargers. "I think it will be more special just because of the amount of Cowboys fans that will be there versus the away games," Prescott said after Friday's practice.
"I mean, obviously the first two they traveled great and felt the energy and felt that, but just knowing that the support that they've given me over these past, I guess, going on a year, was important, was something that I felt.
And knowing when I run out there once again, whether it's pregame, whether it's in a moment within the game, just to be able to see up there and know that after COVID and what we all went through last year, to have them all back, yeah, it will be exciting.
"I'll take that moment, I'll be thankful for it, but then flip the mind right back again to the Eagles' defense and what I have to do to win the game."
Coach underlines the importance of Prescott
"It's important anytime Dak is out there," Cowboys coach Mike McCarthy said.
"He's the face of our football team. Just from the offensive perspective, we're different on offense when he's in charge." Cowboys right guard Zack Martin thinks Prescott should be fully focused on doing what he needs to do in order to help them beat the Philadelphia Eagles.
"I didn't even think about that," right guard Zack Martin said. "Again, with Dak, the most important game is the next game. I would imagine he's treating it like any other game." The Cowboys' defensive line will be thin since defensive tackle Carlos Watkins (knee) and defensive end Dorance Armstrong (ankle) were ruled out on Thursday and on Friday backup end Bradlee Anae went on the reserve/COVID-19 list and will miss the game.
"If it ain't one thing, it's another," said defensive end Randy Gregory, who missed last week's game because he was on the COVID list. "I mean, look, the landscape has been like that since last year. Thankfully, guys are vaccinated, try to avoid stuff like that and get back quicker. Next man up."