After a few seasons marred by injuries both large and small, Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott said Friday that this is the healthiest he’s felt during an offseason in quite some time, something that bolstered his enthusiasm for the start of practice. volunteers this week. .
“It’s exciting,” Prescott said at the Children’s Cancer Fund Gala, of which he was named co-chair. “I mean playing this morning and getting out of that session, yeah, I mean pumped is how I feel, the leg feels, the arm feels, the body feels. Yeah, I’m excited.”
Prescott has struggled with several injuries in recent years, most notably a horrific compound fracture and dislocation of his right ankle during a Week 5 game in 2020, which saw him miss the rest of the season. And while two ankle surgeries meant Prescott was back at center for the 2021 season, other nagging injuries throughout the year kept him from playing at full strength for much of the year.
First there was a right shoulder strain that limited his playing time in preseason, then a right calf strain that caused Prescott to miss a game in October. Despite these issues, Prescott still led the Cowboys to the postseason and earned a spot as a Pro Bowl replacement, though he refused to play to give his body a rest. And just last month, Cowboys coach Mike McCarthy announced that Prescott had undergone “cleaning” surgery on his left shoulder.
But now, after months of ongoing ankle rehabilitation to keep it strong, as well as time to recover from the other issues that have cropped up in 2021, Prescott feels he’s finally at a point where he can get over the injuries.
“For a year now, you’ve been excited because you’re back on your leg. You’re moving for the first time. From one week to the next, you can do two jumps to three jumps to run and run, so you’re excited and you feel the progress,” Prescott said. “But a year [later], I enter the field and I don’t even think about my leg. Going from improving the leg to this isn’t even a thought in my head. There are days, maybe the cold front will come, that I can feel a little more, but it’s not a thought in my head or a worry or rehabilitation.”
Prescott said not having to worry about rehabilitating a specific body part during the offseason means that this year he can enter training camp focused on improving his overall quality of play.
“I’m not rehabilitating anything. I’m working on my whole body,” he said. “By the speed of my foot, it’s not just putting this down. Now it’s, ‘Can I get this thing faster than they ever were?’ It’s about improving the person and player I was before the injury now and being the best player I can be for this organization.”
And if Dallas wants to enter the 2022 postseason, a healthy and improving Prescott will likely be exactly what the doctor ordered.