Dak Prescott is dealing with a shoulder injury that has prevented him from throwing in practice this week, but Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones is not concerned about it.
Jones said on 105.3 The Fan Thursday that he expects Prescott to be in “top form” when the Cowboys take on the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday.
Jerry Jones on @1053thefan on Dak Prescott’s injured shoulder: “I’m totally convinced he’ll be in top form. We need him in top form and he will be in top form.”
— Jon Machota (@jonmachota) December 19, 2019
Not long after Jones made those remarks, Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett told the media that Prescott is making progress but is unlikely to throw again on Thursday.
#Cowboys HC Jason Garrett says Dak Prescott shoulder injury is progressing but probably won’t throw very much today, if at all. LT Tyron Smith’s eye has improved. He can see out of it and expected to practice with a shield.
— Ed Werder (@WerderEdESPN) December 19, 2019
Prescott has an AC joint sprain in his throwing shoulder, which typically requires rest for a quarterback. However, both the Cowboys and Eagles are 7-7, and Sunday’s game in Philly could ultimate decide who wins the NFC East. It would be a shock if Prescott didn’t suit up given the circumstances, and Jones clearly expects him to. The fact that the quarterback was even limited in practice on Wednesday was very noteworthy for another reason, but he will likely play.
Dak Prescott is dealing with a shoulder injury that is deemed painful, though the Dallas Cowboys quarterback will be playing through it on Sunday.
Prescott has an AC joint injury, Ezekiel Elliott told reporters. The Cowboys running back previously had that injury and said he couldn’t imagine throwing through the pain.
#Cowboys RB Ezekiel Elliott said Dak Prescott’s injured AC joint is something he’s had previously and can’t imagine throwing with it. But he also left zero doubt that he expects Prescott will play vs #Eagles.
— Ed Werder (@WerderEdESPN) December 18, 2019
Dak was limited in Wednesday’s practice, which marked the first time he’s ever been limited in a team practice. Cooper Rush took most of the snaps at the team’s practice.
Backup QB Cooper Rush said he took the majority of snaps today. Rush said he played with a AC joint sprain in college.
— Calvin Watkins (@calvinwatkins) December 18, 2019
Even with the pain, teammate Zack Martin said you would have to kill Prescott to get him off the field.
Dak Prescott was officially listed as a limited in Wednesday’s practice, but there wasn’t a teammate who doubts the quarterback will play Sunday. “Knowing Dak, you’d have to kill him to get him off the field,” Zack Martin said. Said Ezekiel Elliott, “I… https://t.co/9YDdoM4zgY
— Todd Archer (@toddarcher) December 18, 2019
The Cowboys can clinch the NFC East and a home playoff game with a win over Philly on Sunday. Dallas already beat the Eagles in Week 7.
Dak Prescott did make a mistake on the opening coin toss before Sunday’s Dallas Cowboys-Los Angeles Rams game, but referee Walt Anderson made one too.
Audio shared by FOX well after Prescott’s mistake shows the Dallas quarterback did say “defer” after winning the coin toss. However, he first said “kick”, which is what Anderson held him to.
Certainly sounds like Dak Prescott says we want to defer to the second half pic.twitter.com/hFAkwMlwkD
— Jon Machota (@jonmachota) December 15, 2019
Here’s the radio call, where announcer Brad Sham was all over the situation:
Quite the confusion regarding the coin flip, but here’s what was said and Brad Sham’s reaction:
DAK – “We want defense … defense … We wanna kick it. Kick it that way”
WALT – “You wanna kick”
— T̷R̷O̷Y̷ ̷H̷U̷G̷H̷E̷S̷ (@TommySledge) December 15, 2019
Prescott could be heard saying “defense. We want to kick it. Kick it that way. We defer the second half.”
“You’re gonna kick,” Anderson then said in response, and made the declaration.
Prescott was obviously quite unclear and gave three different statements. First he said defense, then he said kick, then he said defer. Based on his confusing comments, Anderson should have asked Prescott to clear things up and ask for his actual decision, since he mentioned different things. Instead, he cut things off and said the Cowboys would kick.
Luckily the NFL made changes at halftime and let the Cowboys receive in the second half. They cited Prescott saying “defer” as their reason for the change.
Dak Prescott made a huge mistake during the coin toss prior to the Dallas Cowboys’ game against the Los Angeles Rams on Sunday, and it resulted in his team not being able to get the ball at the start of either half.
The Cowboys won the toss, and Prescott meant to say that they wanted to defer to the second half. However, he said that Dallas wanted to kick, which means he did not actually defer the decision to the second half.
Wow. Dak Prescott didn’t say “defer” so Rams will get ball to start game AND to start 2nd half. First time in NFL history. pic.twitter.com/R1lXB8x3MH
— Rudy Gersten (@DCBarno) December 15, 2019
Prescott obviously meant that the Cowboys wanted to receive in the second half rather than the first, but he misspoke. By choosing to kick rather than deferring, he gave the Rams the ball in the first half and the right to receive in the second half.
While the coin toss seems like it should be the most simple part of a football game, this isn’t the first time we have seen confusion with it. However, things typically get more muddled when overtime is involved, which we saw in a big game between two division rivals earlier this year.
Fortunately for Prescott, the Cowboys forced the Rams to punt on their opening drive of the game.
Dak Prescott is likely on the verge of becoming the highest-paid player in NFL history, and the only question is how much the Dallas Cowboys are willing to shell out. The market has already been set with recent contract extensions for Jared Goff, Carson Wentz and Russell Wilson, but one former NFL executive beliefs Prescott’s deal is going to dwarf the ones those three quarterbacks signed prior to the season.
Mike Tannenbaum, who served as the executive vice president of football operations for the Miami Dolphins and GM of the New York Jets before that, said on ESPN Radio recently that he believes Prescott could get $400 million from the Cowboys. He’s thinking $40 million per year over 10 years for the 26-year-old.
Former NFL GM Mike Tannenbaum said on ESPN radio that he thinks Dak Prescott will end up signing a $400 million deal with the Cowboys. Ten years, $40 million per year
— Jon Machota (@jonmachota) December 8, 2019
Yeah, that’s not going to happen.
Tannenbaum is a huge fan of Prescott and went on record as saying the Cowboys should have paid him before they rewarded Ezekiel Elliott for his holdout, but there’s no reason to think Prescott is going to get that much money — unless the majority of it is non-guaranteed. If that’s the case, the overall number doesn’t really matter all that much anyway.
Wilson is slightly older than Prescott, but he is a six-time Pro Bowler who has already won a Super Bowl. He was 30 when he signed his four-year, $140 million extension with the Seattle Seahawks last offseason. The deal is worth $35 million per year and includes $107 million guaranteed. Goff, who is a year younger than Prescott, got a similar deal from the Los Angeles Rams back in September. Goff agreed to a four-year, $134 million contract that includes a record $110 million guaranteed. Another comparable deal would be the four-year, $128 million contract Carson Wentz signed with the Philadelphia Eagles during the offseason. Wentz got roughly $108 million guaranteed.
The Cowboys can sign Prescott to some flashy extension if they want, but the market has already been set. They’ll probably want to pay him roughly the same amount in guaranteed money as the aforementioned quarterbacks got, in which case Prescott would likely prefer not to sign a 10-year deal so he has the option of becoming a free agent again when he’s still in his prime.
Prescott is having an outstanding season with over 4,000 yards passing, 24 touchdowns and 11 interceptions, so he couldn’t have timed his breakout year any better. He’ll almost certainly become the highest-paid player in football, but the Cowboys have other key players they want to re-sign as well. There’s no need to pay Prescott some unprecedented amount of money that he would have no chance of getting elsewhere.
Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott was left quite beaten up after Thursday night’s loss to the Chicago Bears.
Cowboys coach Jason Garrett revealed Friday that Prescott injured his right index finger and sprained his left hand during Thursday’s game, but is not expected to miss any time as a result.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) December 6, 2019
It’s not clear how and when Prescott suffered the injuries during the game. Despite them, he went 27-of-49 for 334 yards and a touchdown in a 31-24 loss.
Things are chaotic in Dallas, as the team has lost four of five. Garrett’s status is in question and owner Jerry Jones is becoming increasingly frustrated with the circumstances his team finds themselves in. Any injury to Prescott, serious or not, will only serve to complicate matters as the Cowboys try to limp to the finish and win the NFC East.
The Dallas Cowboys got off to a rough start against the New England Patriots on Sunday, and a video that surfaced made it seem like Dak Prescott may have taken out some of his frustrations on Jason Garrett.
Prescott was jogging to the sideline in the first half just before the Cowboys punted the ball, and a clapping Garrett stuck his hand out to give the quarterback a high-five. Prescott ran right past him.
— Tucker_TnL (@__thirdandlong) November 24, 2019
In all likelihood, Prescott simply didn’t see it. For starters, Garrett stuck his hand out at the last second. Then there was the weather element, as it was about 40 degrees and pouring ran during the game. Prescott had his hands tucked inside his hand warmer and looked like he wanted to get inside that jacket as quickly as possible.
All that said, the exchange — or lack thereof — was noteworthy for a lot of people because there was a similar situation earlier in the year when it seemed like several defensive players completely ignored Garrett. That video was a bit more concerning and came late in a game when the Cowboys were losing to the New York Jets.
— BroBible (@BroBible) October 13, 2019
There’s no reason to think Prescott would give Garrett that treatment.