Nick Eatman of the Cowboys’ official website reports Prescott sustained an apparent tweak to his throwing arm and, as a precaution, exited to the locker room for an examination. He did not resume throwing beyond that point.
“Team officials didn’t sound concerned with the severity of the injury, only to say Prescott ‘felt soreness in his throwing arm and didn’t want to push it with deep throws today,'” Eatman wrote.
According to David Moore of the Dallas Morning News, Prescott suffered a “muscle pull” which “accounts for the arm soreness.” The paper also reported the $160 million signal-caller recognized the discomfort during warmups and decided against tempting fate, confirming his absence was “purely precautionary.”
Prescott is expected to address his ailment at the conclusion of practice. “No concern expressed of now, as evaluation continues,” Michael Gehlken of the Dallas Morning News tweeted.
Gehlken added: “A lack of concern remains for Cowboys QB Dak Prescott after he was evaluated for soreness in throwing arm. Before practice, Prescott was scheduled to do TV interviews this afternoon. He remains scheduled for those interviews. Situation didn’t warrant pulling from plans.”
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Dak Slated to Play in Preseason
That there’s a heightened sense of fear surrounding a relatively routine QB “injury” comes as little surprise given Prescott is, obviously, coming off a catastrophic right ankle compound fracture and dislocation, from which he’s fully recovered. Even the team website admitted, “When Dak stopped throwing on Wednesday, the initial fear was an ankle-related setback.”
Fortunately, Prescott’s twice-surgically-repaired ankle has emerged unscathed following the Cowboys’ first five training camp practices. So long as this remains the case, the two-time Pro Bowler will receive live-game action this preseason, an opportunity he’s relishing.
“I definitely want to play,” Prescott said last week, via SI.com. “As far as giving you a number or quantity of how much I need to, I just want to obviously get back out there and get some reps before it’s real.”
Cowboys head coach Mike McCarthy anticipates that Prescott indeed will suit up amid the August exhibition period.
“However, it wasn’t expected that Dak would play in the Aug. 5 preseason game against Pittsburgh in Canton, although the team has not made an official announcement regarding playing time with the starters,” the team website reports.
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Backups Implode in Prescott’s Stead
Such as last season, Cowboys quarterbacks not wearing No. 4 unimpressed — to put it kindly — when thrust into action. Garrett Gilbert handled first-string reps following Prescott’s departure, ceding second- and third-team snaps to Cooper Rush and Ben DiNucci.
The collective subsequently combined for five (5) interceptions as the Dallas defense teed off on the neutered offense. Linebacker Micah Parsons, cornerbacks Maurice Canady and Anthony Brown, and safety Darian Thompson were among those who got in on the pick party.
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