Cowboys' Dak Prescott expected to ramp up in practice, has chance to play Saturday in preseason vs. Texans

Stop me if you’ve heard this before: Dak Prescott is on track to potentially take the field when the Dallas Cowboys play host to the Houston Texans on Saturday. You probably should’ve stopped me, because you have heard it before, and often, as it’s what CBS Sports has reported since the end of July would likely be the outcome in his recovery from a strained shoulder. Prescott has resumed throwing in measured amounts and feels no soreness, but the Cowboys wanted one additional MRI to make sure all is well before allowing him to formally get back to throwing in team drills in practice.

Despite that news oddly sending many outside the organization into a panic-stricken tailspin, the second MRI was always scheduled to happen, sources say, and the results have come back exactly as the Cowboys expected: Prescott and his shoulder are healing just fine. 

Repeat: Prescott and his shoulder are healing just fine.

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And so it goes, the two-time Pro Bowl quarterback is expected to return to throwing in limited fashion during practice on Monday, sources confirm to CBS Sports, as he continues to progress toward being ready for Week 1 against Tom Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Additionally, the Cowboys plan of potentially having Prescott take a limited number of game snaps against the Texans remains a strong possibility, but they won’t press the issue. They’ll make the final decision later this week after ramping him up in practice and then re-evaluating him on a daily basis. 

To Prescott’s own admission, if the regular season were already underway, he wouldn’t have missed any time whatsoever — a hint at just how unconcerned he was/is about the injury. Considering he nearly broke the franchise record for most passing yards in a single season in 2019 while battling a sprained AC joint in his throwing shoulder, it stands to reason he wouldn’t be.

“We’re being cautious,” Prescott said during halftime of the Hall of Fame Game via teleconference from Oxnard, California. “We’re taking it day by day. Obviously, it’s five weeks before the season opener, so I’ve got a lot of time. I’m going to use that time to get myself ready for that game.”

The 27-year-old traveled with the team to Arizona and took part in pregame throws before heading to the sideline to unfortunately watch as five teammates went down with injury during Friday night’s 19-16 loss to the Cardinals. Those injuries are headlined by starting defensive tackle Neville Gallimore, which provided the exclamation point to a week that began with Prescott throwing passes to Amari Cooper, who returned last week from the physically unable to perform (PUP) list.

There have been no setbacks for Prescott and, as it turns out, rest actually was the best medicine. 

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