Dak Prescott is planning to get a “precautionary” MRI on his throwing shoulder to check on a strain that has bothered him during training camp. The Cowboys don’t want fans worrying about Prescott’s status for the regular season.
The team said in a tweet Thursday morning confirming the MRI that the exam is “not a reason to worry” and does not represent a setback in the quarterback’s recovery.
It’s not a setback.
And it’s not a reason to worry.
But QB Dak Prescott is planning on getting another MRI.
— Dallas Cowboys (@dallascowboys) August 12, 2021
The Cowboys have expressed little concern about Prescott’s injury to date. He sat out the team’s preseason opener, but he said he and the team were “being cautious” ahead of the regular season.
“We’re taking it day by day,” Prescott told Fox Sports at halftime of the Hall of Fame Game. “Obviously, it’s five weeks before the season opener, so I’ve got a lot of time and I’m going to use that time to get myself ready for that game.”
That approach seems sensible, especially considering Prescott’s injury is unusual. Fox Sports’ Jay Glazer reported before the Hall of Fame Game that Prescott’s problem was more commonly found in baseball players, so the Cowboys approached MLB’s Rangers for assistance.
“It’s more of a baseball injury. In fact, it’s kind of under the armpit,” Glazer said of the injury. “The Dallas Cowboys’ training staff actually reached out to the Texas Rangers’ training staff just for a little bit more help for them. But they fully expect him to be good for Week 1.”
Prescott resumed throwing earlier this week, but he’s “on a pitch count” and is “not even throwing at full strength” while he works into game shape, Nick Eatman of the Cowboys’ official website reports.
Cowboys QB Dak Prescott is taking the latest step today in return from shoulder strain. Doing every drill, making every throw in team’s quarterback camp. And looking good doing it. Should be a montage in Episode 2 of “Hard Knocks.” pic.twitter.com/ATrEEKHh7w
— Michael Gehlken (@GehlkenNFL) August 11, 2021
Still, Prescott seems confident in his recovery.
“It’s about progressing at the right time,” he said. “It all felt good out there. Every throw I made. When they tell you stop, you don’t want to hear it, but you (stop).”
And Prescott seems to believe that he will be just fine ahead of the Cowboys’ 2021 season opener Sept. 9 against the Buccaneers.
“Once Sept. 9 comes, I’ll move forward and won’t think about this again,” he said.