FRISCO, Texas — For Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott, it has to be the shoes.
Prescott was a limited participant in Thursday’s training due to a new pair of cleats which made his surgically repaired right ankle “uncomfortable”.
“I promise you I’m fine,” Prescott said. “Just being very, very careful. Changing shoes today probably wasn’t the best idea. We’re good to go. Promise that.”
The Cowboys have a lighter practice on Friday, “but come on Saturday, yeah, we’ll roll,” he said. Dallas’ season kicks off Sunday against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at AT&T Stadium.
Prescott was on the court Thursday for part of the practice that was open to the media before heading to the locker room. He said he didn’t twist his ankle in practice; he was breaking in a fresh pair of Jordan 11s after wearing Jordan 1s all summer during training camp. He wore Jordan 11s for games last season, but said he would switch back to Jordan 1s.
Prescott suffered a compound fracture and dislocation of his right ankle in Game 5 of the 2020 season, but didn’t have a problem last year when he set the team record for touchdown passes ( 37) in one season. He missed a game last year with a calf injury.
Much more important was Prescott’s health heading into last year’s season opener against the Buccaneers as he missed most of camp recovering from a strain of right latissimus. He said that summer at camp it was the best he had ever felt.
“It’s this league, and if you don’t report a block, you’ll be suspended or they’ll be fined, sorry,” Prescott said. “But no, I feel good. I still feel the best I’ve felt in a long, long time. It’s not even comparable to what I was like last year going into this game. Honestly , just excited and ready for Sunday come here.”
Prescott first downplayed the severity of the latissimus strain last year as well.
“It was a baseball thing. I wasn’t sure about that,” Prescott said. “It’s not even comparable. Obviously when I discovered the shoulder (he had surgery on his non-throwing shoulder in February) I had to take back what I said. It’s not even in, no, not even comparing.”
Two years out from his ankle injury, Prescott isn’t going through the same rigorous pre-practice warm-up that he underwent all of last season.
In last year’s opener against. Tampa Bay, Prescott threw for 403 yards while completing 42 of 58 passes with three touchdowns and an interception in a 31-29 loss. He said this small setback would not limit him on Sunday.
“Not at all. It can’t,” Prescott said. “Not at all. Not a chance.”