Cowboys’ Prescott looking forward to comeback
Injured Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott visited the team facility Thursday for the first time since his season-ending ankle injury.
Prescott also filmed a video he placed on his Instagram account, saying he is in “good spirits.” He was on his way to the doctor’s office to see his right leg for the first time since undergoing surgery Sunday night.
Prescott suffered a compound fracture and dislocation of his right ankle during Sunday’s game against the New York Giants.
“I’m ready to start this road to come back,” Prescott said in the video. “This little adversity is going to be just another chapter in the book. I’m excited to move forward and write it.”
Prescott said the amount of support he has received has been overwhelming and has made “a huge difference.”
Cowboys coach Mike McCarthy said the team was excited to see Prescott on Thursday.
“He’s in the building and you just see the reaction everybody has that he’s here,” McCarthy told reporters before practice. “I just think that speaks volumes about him as a man and just the electricity that he brings to our football team.”
McCarthy said the reality of the situation would probably sink in when the team began practice Thursday without Prescott. The Cowboys are starting preparations for Monday night’s game against the Arizona Cardinals.
“I think you’ll have that moment when you get out there. I think that’s only natural,” McCarthy said of the realization. “Unfortunately, I’ve been through it before a couple of times. But on a personal note, it was great to see him today.”
The Cowboys are optimistic that Prescott will make a full recovery. He was leading the NFL with 1,856 passing yards.
Prescott, 27, was playing on a one-year franchise tag worth $31.4 million this season. The Cowboys reportedly offered him a five-year, $175 million deal in the offseason that was declined before contract talks broke down.
Veteran Andy Dalton will be the starting quarterback for the game against Arizona.
Also, standout linebacker Leighton Vander Esch was expected to return to practice Thursday. Vander Esch has missed the past four games since breaking his collarbone in the season opener against the Los Angeles Rams.
–Field Level Media