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The Cowboys lost starting quarterback Dak Prescott to a broken ankle last year in Week 5 against the New York Giants, but it’s a new shoulder injury that might delay his readiness for the start of the season against the Bucs. Prescott recovered from his season-ending ankle injury this offseason and was participating in training camp until leaving Wednesday’s practice with soreness in his throwing shoulder.

The Super Bowl champion Bucs will host the Cowboys at Raymond James Stadium on Thursday, September 9 in a nationally televised game on NBC.

Dallas revealed that an MRI of Prescott’s right shoulder revealed a muscle strain and the team is taking a “purely precautionary” approach. ESPN’s Todd Archer reports that Prescott has a latissimus strain in his throwing shoulder. The Cowboys have embarked on a treatment plan and the team’s doctors and trainers will monitor how Prescott responds on a day-to-day basis.

“I felt some soreness when making certain throws today, and I really just decided not to push things too far,” Prescott said in a statement released by the Cowboys from training camp. “Better to be cautious and smart about it. I don’t see this as any kind of serious setback. We’ll treat it on a daily basis, and I’ll be fine.”

Prescott was kept out of team drills during the team’s Wednesday practice, and it is unclear when he will be able to return to practice as a full participant.

CowboysWire.com has reported that the shoulder injury could keep Prescott out of action for weeks.

Prescott led Dallas to a 2-3 start last year before his ankle injury. The Cowboys finished Mike McCarthy’s first season in Dallas with a 4-7 record and had to turn to Andy Dalton, Garrett Gilbert and Ben DiNucci to start games down the stretch. Dalton left for Chicago in free agency. That leaves Gilbert, DiNucci and Cooper Rush as the available quarterbacks in Dallas behind Prescott.

Prescott isn’t the only Cowboy dealing with an injury in camp. Pro Bowl pass rusher DeMarcus Lawrence is on the PUP list, as are rookie defensive lineman Chauncey Golston and star wide receiver Amari Cooper, who is recovering from ankle surgery.

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About the Author: Scott Reynolds

Scott Reynolds is in his 25th year of covering the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as the vice president, publisher and senior Bucs beat writer for PewterReport.com. Author of the popular SR's Fab 5 column on Fridays, Reynolds oversees web development and forges marketing partnerships for PewterReport.com in addition to his editorial duties. A graduate of Kansas State University in 1995, Reynolds spent six years giving back to the community as the defensive line coach for his sons' Pop Warner team, the South Pasco Predators. Reynolds can be reached at: sr@pewterreport.com
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fredster
1 month ago

I hope Dak is healthy and plays. I don’t want to hear Cowgirl fans cry about how they wouldn’t have had their asses kicked by the Bucs if Dak played! Lol.

Last edited 1 month ago by fredster
mark2001
Reply to  fredster
1 month ago

They would make some excuse anyway. You know Jones…the major stumbling block to any Cowboy success for the last few decades.

Mike Pengelly
1 month ago

Facing Cowboys and Rams in the first three games could be daunting. Not meaning to wish Prescott would not be ready for Game 1 but Bucs getting a good start to the season would be nice.

Rob
Rob
1 month ago

The Cowboys offense is legit with Dak behind center. We were going in as favorites to win but this was no gimme game. If Dak can’t play and they have to play Gillbert-I think this could turn into an absolute pounding. One of those 41-7 type of statement games. What a way to start the season

cgmaster27
1 month ago

We mop the floor with this team , even if all their weapons are healthy. But as is, Dak is already banged up, Amari Cooper might not even be practicing till mid August and the same with Lawrence. Three key players on the mend. Need to make a statement week one. We just need to hope lady luck stays on our side again when it comes to the injury bug this year.

scubog
1 month ago

I’m already burned out with the constant pimping of the Cowboys virtually any time I turn on the NFL network or ESPN. Now, I can’t even click on Pewter report without seeing “Jerryatric” Jones’ team and their decade long list (yes, another list) of excuses for sucking. Between that and the whining Aaron Rodgers infesting the airwaves, it seems the media thinks we fans are only interested in two story-lines.Well, three if we count the list of players on COVID reserve. Sure wish I had a Delorean to go back in time once in a while. I keep humming the… Read more »

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