FRISCO, Texas — For a Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescottit must be the shoes.
Prescott was a limited participant in Thursday’s practice because of a new pair of cleats that made his surgically repaired right ankle “uncomfortable.”
“I promise you I’m great,” Prescott said. “Just be very, very careful. Changed 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 Saturday, yeah, we’ll be rolling,” he said. Dallas’ season begins Sunday against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at AT&T Stadium.
Prescott was on the field Thursday for a portion of practice that was open to the media before heading to the locker room. He said he practically didn’t sprain his ankle; he broke in a new pair of Jordan 11s after wearing Jordan 1s all summer during training camp. He wore the Jordan 11s for games last season, but he said he will return to the Jordan 1s.
Prescott suffered a compound fracture and dislocation of his right ankle in the fifth game of the 2020 season but had no problem with it last year when he set the team record for touchdown passes (37) in a season. He missed one game last year with a calf strain.
Prescott’s health entering last year’s season opener against the Buccaneers was a much bigger deal because he missed most of camp recovering from a right latissimus strain. He said this summer at camp that this is the best he’s ever felt.
“That’s what this league is, and if you don’t report a drag, you’re going to be suspended or they’re going to be fined, I’m sorry,” Prescott said. “But, no, I feel great. I still feel the best I’ve felt in a very, very long time. Not even comparable to where I was last year going into this game. Honestly, just excited and ready for Sunday. come here there.”
Prescott initially downplayed the severity of the latissimus strain last year as well.
“That was a baseball deal. I wasn’t sure,” Prescott said. “Those aren’t even comparable. Obviously, when I found out about the shoulder (he had surgery on his non-throwing shoulder in February), I had to take back what I said. This isn’t even, no, not even comparing. “
Two years removed from the ankle injury, Prescott isn’t going through the same rigorous pre-practice warm-up he went through all of last season.
In last year’s opener against Tampa Bay, Prescott threw for 403 yards completing 42 of 58 passes with three touchdowns and an interception in a 31-29 loss. He said this minor setback will not limit him on Sunday.
“Not at all. It can’t,” said Prescott. “Not at all. Not a chance.”