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Dak Prescott acknowledges being out for season is ‘tough’

Dak Prescott

Dak Prescott opened up about the difficulties of his season-ending injury.

Prescott suffered a compound fracture and dislocated ankle against the New York Giants in Week 5. He is trying to work his way back but knows there is a long road ahead.

In NFL.com’s Pepsi Rookie Roundtable, Prescott talked about what it’s like being out for the season. He feels badly because he knows the Cowboys need him. He says being out is “tough.”

“As my career just in a snapshot, I’ve been able to play every level of my career because the guy in front of me has gotten injured,” Prescott said. “So I know what it means to be ready, to stay ready in case a guy gets injured in front of you. And now to be that guy that’s injured, for the first time in my career, I’m missing the rest of the season. It’s different. It’s tough.”

Prescott also talked about how setting small goals for himself helps guide him through his rehab process.

“For me, as I talk about the mental capacity, it’s about creating and making small victories. Each and every day, when I wake up and I go in for rehab, it’s about, for me, seeing my leg or seeing my body do something that it didn’t do the day before or creating a feeling that I didn’t have the day before — so I know that I’m continuing to get better. And at the end of the day, I know my team needs me. I know that they need me now for support but they’ll need me again later, so it’s about helping them, whichever way that I can and however I can.

“It’s about being right mentally and then counting those small victories.”

Prescott seems to have a great attitude through his rehab process. That could explain why he reportedly is making “amazing” progress.

The 27-year-old passed for 1,856 yards, nine touchdowns and four interceptions this season, with three rushing touchdowns. He was playing this season on the franchise tag, so his contract situation will be something to follow.

Photo: Jeffrey Beall/Wikimedia via CC-BY 4.0

Dak Prescott shares tribute to late Cowboys strength coach

Dak Prescott

Tragedy struck the Dallas Cowboys this week when strength and conditioning coach Markus Paul died at the age of 54. Dak Prescott is among the players who had a close relationship with Paul, and the quarterback made that clear on social media.

Prescott shared a tribute to Paul on his Instagram Thursday.

“Thank you for Everything Coach! I’ll never understand this one, But you taught me so much and provided so many laughs I’m forever thankful for and will never forget. Like Your great friend @coachtomshaw told me, when you go to the garden to pick flowers, You always go and pick the best and the brightest. Same as our Lord.
Until Next Time Peanut! Love you Coach,” Prescott wrote.

The Cowboys canceled practice on Tuesday after Paul was taken to the hospital, where he was placed on life support. The team announced on Wednesday that he has died.

Paul had been with the Cowboys since 2018 and worked as a strength coach for 22 years. He played in the NFL for five seasons, mostly with the Chicago Bears and briefly with Tampa Bay. A defensive back, Paul had seven interceptions during his NFL career. He played college ball at Syracuse.

Dak Prescott making ‘amazing’ progress in injury recovery?

Dak Prescott

The latest reports on Dak Prescott’s injury recovery seem overwhelmingly positive.

Dallas Cowboys executive vice president Stephen Jones told 105.3 The Fan on Friday that he has received “amazing reports” on Prescott’s progress recovering from his ankle injury, and that the quarterback may even be ahead of schedule.

“Shouldn’t come as any surprise,” Jones said, via Jon Machota of The Athletic. “He does everything to the nines and the tens and he just does it the very best. He’s been so diligent in his rehab and that shouldn’t surprise anybody. They said if anything he’s ahead of schedule and rolling. That should come as no surprise. So we expect him to have a full recovery.

“We avoided any of the complications that come anytime you have a bone that breaks the skin. You worry about infection. He certainly avoided any of that.”

No amount of miracles will get Prescott back on the field in 2020. However, this would certainly bode well for a complete recovery. That’s why even Jerry Jones is saying things like this about potential new quarterbacks.

Dak Prescott, girlfriend Natalie Buffett dress up as nurse and patient for Halloween

Dak Prescott

Dak Prescott is in the early stages of recovering from a gruesome ankle injury he suffered last month, and fortunately the Dallas Cowboys quarterback appears to be getting tremendous medical attention.

Prescott and his girlfriend Natalie Buffett got very creative for Halloween this year. Dak went as a hospital patient, and Natalie was a nurse. Egotastic Sports shared some photos from Buffett’s Instagram page, which is private.

We’re glad to see Prescott is doing as well as he can be given the circumstances.

Prescott and Buffett went public with their relationship a few months back. When Prescott was criticized for hosting a social gathering at his house amid the coronavirus pandemic in March, there was a report that he was throwing a party for his model girlfriend. That was likely Buffett.

Prescott is expected to be fully recovered in time for offseason activities next year. With Buffett providing medical care, he could even beat his original timeline.

Report: Cowboys prepared to use franchise tag on Dak Prescott again

Dak Prescott

The Dallas Cowboys have continued to express confidence in signing Dak Prescott to a long-term deal despite his season-ending ankle injury, but history may repeat itself when 2020 ends.

Cowboys owner Jerry Jones is prepared to place the franchise tag on Prescott once again in 2021, Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports reports. The Cowboys have already budgeted for the possibility of having Prescott play under the tag next season, which would pay him nearly $40 million. Prescott’s injury has not resulted in Dallas altering any of those plans.

The goal for the Cowboys will still be to sign Prescott to a long-term deal, though he would not be the first quarterback to play under the franchise tag in consecutive seasons. Kirk Cousins did it with Washington in 2016 and 2017 before leaving to sign a massive, fully guaranteed contract with the Minnesota Vikings.

La Canfora goes as far as to say the Cowboys tagging Prescott again is “viewed as an inevitability,” though at this point it would simply be to buy more time for long-term negotiations.

Prescott is expected to make a full recovery in time for next offseason, despite how gruesome his ankle injury looked. There were indications that he and the Cowboys were not that far off in contract talks a few months ago, which could make negotiations a bit less complicated this time.

Dak Prescott discusses recovery in positive Instagram video

Dak Prescott

Dak Prescott spoke on Thursday for the first time since suffering a brutal ankle injury against the New York Giants, and the Dallas Cowboys quarterback says he is in “great spirits.”

Prescott shared a short video on Instagram in which he said he was on his way to the doctor to see his leg for the first time since undergoing surgery. He insists he is maintaining a positive attitude and looking forward to coming back stronger than ever. The Pro Bowler also said he is embracing the opportunity to view the football season from a different perspective.

“I’m ready to start this road to comeback. This little adversity is just going to be another chapter in the book. I’m excited to look forward and write it,” Prescott said. “I’m in great spirits and I’m gonna stay that way. I’m looking forward to this football season and seeing the game from a different perspective and supporting my teammates.”

Prescott was immediately taken to the hospital on Sunday after he suffered a gruesome ankle injury. He underwent surgery and is expected to miss 4-6 months.

Since Prescott was playing under the franchise tag, some have wondered how the injury will impact his long-term contract negotiations with the Cowboys. The Jones family insists it will have no bearing on the talks.

Assuming the recovery timeline is accurate, Prescott should be ready to fully participate in offseason activities next year. Andy Dalton will take over in the meantime, and the message he delivered to his teammates on Sunday makes it seem like he is ready for the challenge.

Alex Smith explains why he’s waiting to reach out to Dak Prescott

Alex Smith

There may not be an active quarterback who knows more about severe injuries than Alex Smith. One would expect the Washington veteran to have some thoughts on what happened to his Dallas Cowboys counterpart Dak Prescott.

Smith does want to talk to Prescott, and thinks he can help the Cowboys quarterback after Sunday’s ankle injury. However, Smith has a good reason for giving it some time first, which he shared on Tuesday’s “The Dan Patrick Show.”

“I feel like I’ve become a little bit of an expert with the lower leg, so I knew it looked like his ankle immediately,” Smith said, via Josh Alper of ProFootballTalk. “For me, yeah, I’ve been thinking about him a lot. I’ve checked up on him through our mutual friends to see how he’s doing. I thought a lot about shooting him a text, but part of me also didn’t want to scare the hell out of him by shooting him a text and getting him thinking he might be headed down this road. I’ll let the infection risk kind of get out of the way and hopefully reach out here soon.”

Smith’s injury was far more severe than Prescott’s ankle injury appears to be. That’s the good news. Smith is playing it safe, and you can’t blame him for that.

Smith isn’t the only one looking to share some insights with the Cowboys quarterback.

Gordon Hayward sends message to Dak Prescott after injury

Gordon Hayward

Dak Prescott’s injury elicited a lot of reactions from around the sports world, but one noteworthy one actually comes from the NBA.

Gordon Hayward infamously broke his tibia and dislocated his ankle in his Boston Celtics debut in 2017. He worked his way back from that injury, and on Tuesday, offered to talk to Prescott and help him mentally.

Hayward cites the help he got from Paul George, who also broke his leg during a USA Basketball scrimmage in August 2014.

Prescott had numerous well-wishers around the NFL. They’re in other sports as well, and Prescott may well take Hayward up on his offer.

Jerry Jones wants Cowboys to change offense to protect Dak Prescott

Jerry Jones

Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones has few concerns about Dak Prescott successfully recovering from his ankle injury. He does, however, have some questions about how the quarterback is used by the coaching staff.

Jones warned Tuesday that he wants to see Dallas coaches put less of an emphasis on Prescott running the ball once the quarterback returns, arguing that leaning on it too much makes Prescott “vulnerable.”

“What it does remind me of though is you cannot figure in as part of your offense is that you really are vulnerable when you put a running game in that really utilizes a lot the running game with the quarterback,” Jones said on 105.3 The Fan, via ESPN’s Todd Archer. “This game, you’re going to get hurt.”

Prescott has averaged 3.8 rushing attempts per game in his NFL career, and was just about on that pace in 2020. It’s not a lot, and it makes sense to use his mobility to the team’s advantage. Jones has a point about making sure the franchise quarterback is protected as much as possible, though.

It’s clear that the Cowboys do intend to keep Prescott long-term despite the timing of his injury just ahead of possible free agency. Jones already musing about how he should be used going forward makes that even clearer.

Jerry Jones offers update on Dak Prescott’s recovery timeline

Dak Prescott

Dak Prescott may not be under contract with the Dallas Cowboys by the time he is cleared to resume football activities, but you would never know it with the way ownership has discussed the situation.

During his appearance on 105.3 The Fan Tuesday, Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said he expects Prescott to be fully recovered in time to take part in the team’s offseason program next year. Jones set a target return of April or early May. He added that he has no concerns about Prescott coming back “good as gold” from this particular injury.

Prescott is playing under the franchise tag this season after he was unable to work out a long-term deal with the Cowboys. Many have wondered how his ankle injury will impact contract negotiations, but both Jerry and Stephen Jones have made it seem like it will not be a factor at all.

Prescott suffered a compound fracture and ankle dislocation after being dragged to the turf on Sunday. He underwent successful surgery this week and is expected to be sidelined for 4-6 months.