Sep 18, 2022; Arlington, Texas, USA; Dallas Cowboys linebacker Micah Parsons (11) during the game between the Dallas Cowboys and the Cincinnati Bengals at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

Cowboys LB Micah Parsons (illness) misses practice again

Dallas Cowboys star linebacker Micah Parsons missed his second straight practice on Friday due to what is being labeled as an illness.

Cowboys owner Jerry Jones told the team website on Thursday that Parsons tested negative for both COVID-19 and the flu. Dallas coach Mike McCarthy confirmed on 105.3 The Fan that Parsons is dealing with allergies.

“(Parsons) is feeling better today, but he will not practice today,” McCarthy told reporters on Friday.

The Dallas Morning News reported Parsons still is expected to play on Monday when the Cowboys (1-1) visit the New York Giants (2-0) in East Rutherford, N.J. Parsons is tied for the second in the NFL with four sacks and has recorded 17 in just 18 career games.

Tight end Dalton Schultz was able to do movement and ball-skill work on the side Friday. He is dealing with a sprained right knee sustained during the Cowboys’ 20-17 victory over the Cincinnati Bengals last weekend.

Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott (thumb) was seen doing conditioning work on Friday.

Prescott was injured in the season opener against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and backup Cooper Rush was at the helm last week against the Bengals.

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Sep 18, 2022; Arlington, Texas, USA; Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott (4) walks the field before the game between the Dallas Cowboys and the Cincinnati Bengals at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

Cowboys QB Dak Prescott does work with training ball

Injured Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott was back at practice Thursday … gripping and throwing a training ball.

Prescott did not throw a football or take any snaps. But his presence at practice, 10 days removed from surgery on his right thumb, comes a day after owner Jerry Jones said Prescott could be back at full practice in two weeks.

That projection is well ahead of initial estimates of Prescott’s return in four-to-six weeks from a broken thumb on his throwing hand.

However, an orthopedic surgeon told The Dallas Morning News that Jones’ projection was “realistic.”

“It would be pushing it a bit, but I think it’s definitely realistic,” Dr. David Hay told the News. “The fracture is outside the motion part of the joint and inside the bone of the thumb.”

Hay, who isn’t a part of Prescott’s medical team, specializes in hand surgery at Cedars-Sinai Kerlan Jobe Institute in Los Angeles.

Prescott was injured in the season opener against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and backup Cooper Rush was at the helm for a win last week over the Cincinnati Bengals. The Cowboys are 1-1.

Rush will be under center again this week against the New York Giants (2-0) in Week 3.

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Sep 11, 2022; Arlington, Texas, USA;  Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott (4) hits his hand against Tampa Bay Buccaneers linebacker Shaquil Barrett (58) as he throws the ball during the fourth quarter at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

Dak Prescott to undergo surgery Monday, out 6-8 weeks

Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott will undergo surgery on his right thumb Monday and is expected to be out 6-to-8 weeks, ESPN reported.

Prescott will have a pin and plate inserted to stabilize the joint, per the report.

Prescott left Sunday night’s game against Tampa Bay in the fourth quarter after he hit the hand of Buccaneers linebacker Shaq Barrett while throwing a pass. Prescott said afterward he thought he just jammed it until X-rays revealed a fracture.

“I thought I jammed it,” Prescott said. “I’ve hit my hand on helmets or bodies a lot in my career and never really had anything, maybe a jammed finger. I thought that’s what it was. The next play, I realized I couldn’t grip the ball. I let the sideline know … I came in and got X-rays and things are different.”

Prior to exiting, Prescott completed 14 of 29 passes for 134 yards and threw one interception. Cooper Rush took over under center, throwing for 64 yards on 7-for-13 passing as Dallas lost 19-3.

Rush will be the starting quarterback until Prescott returns. Third-string quarterback Will Grier is expected to be promoted from the practice squad to back up Rush.

Rush started one game for the Cowboys in 2021. He has thrown 63 career passes in 11 games for a 60.3 percent completion rate and three touchdowns.

Dallas hosts the Cincinnati Bengals (0-1) in Week 2.

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Sep 11, 2022; Arlington, Texas, USA;  Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott (4) throws during the first quarter against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

Cowboys QB Dak Prescott requires hand surgery, will miss multiple weeks

Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott will require surgery on his right hand, forcing him to miss multiple weeks.

Prescott left Sunday night’s game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the fourth quarter, and Cowboys owner Jerry Jones told reporters after the game that the 29-year-old quarterback will need to have a joint above the thumb on his throwing hand surgically repaired.

“I thought I jammed it,” Prescott said. “I’ve hit my hand on helmets or bodies a lot in my career and never really had anything, maybe a jammed finger. I thought that’s what it was. The next play, I realized I couldn’t grip the ball. I let the sideline know … I came in and got X-rays and things are different.”

Prior to exiting, Prescott completed 14 of 29 passes for 134 yards and threw one interception. Cooper Rush took over under center, throwing for 64 yards on 7-for-13 passing as Dallas lost 19-3.

Rush will be the starting quarterback until Prescott returns.

In seven seasons with the Cowboys, Prescott has compiled 22,217 passing yards and has thrown for 143 touchdowns. He is a two-time Pro Bowl selection and was the 2016 Offensive Rookie of the Year.

Prescott also had a setback during the 2020 season, sustaining an ankle injury in Week 5 against the New York Giants that held him out for the remainder of the season.

“It’s very disappointing. But injuries happen,” Prescott said. “I can’t necessarily control it. It’s just unfortunate. Obviously, I’m going to miss some time and not be there for my team. That’s what hurts more than anything.”

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Jan 5, 2019; Arlington, TX, USA; Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott (4) reacts after throwing a 11 yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Michael Gallup (13) against the Seattle Seahawks in the second quarter in a NFC Wild Card playoff football game at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Shane Roper-USA TODAY Sports

Cowboys WR Michael Gallup out (knee); QB Dak Prescott full go

The Dallas Cowboys got some good and bad injury news Friday, as quarterback Dak Prescott went through a full practice Friday and was removed from the injury report while wide receiver Michael Gallup was declared out for Sunday night’s game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Prescott was limited in practice a day before after leaving early with an ankle injury with what Cowboys owner Jerry Jones termed as “discomfort.” But he appears a full go for the team’s season opener at home.

Gallup will not be in uniform Sunday night, although that is not entirely unexpected as he continues his path back from a torn ACL sustained early this year. Dallas had chosen not to place Gallup on the reserve-injured list to allow for the chance that he could return within the first four weeks of the season.

Jones has touted Jalen Tolbert, a third-round pick out of South Alabama in April, over the summer as the team also copes with the offseason loss of Amari Cooper, who was dealt to the Cleveland Browns months earlier.

The Cowboys added safety Jayron Kearse to Friday’s injury report after he sat out practice because of a neck ailment. Cornerback Jourdan Lewis (hamstring) returned to a full practice after being limited since Wednesday.

For the Buccaneers, receivers Chris Godwin (knee) and Russell Gage (hamstring) were listed as questionable for Sunday, while cornerback Zyon McCollum will be out against Dallas with a hamstring injury.

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Aug 26, 2022; Arlington, Texas, USA; Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott (4) on the field before the game against the Seattle Seahawks at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports

Cowboys QB Dak Prescott says sore ankle is nonissue

Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott was limited in practice Thursday with an ankle injury but insisted he will be ready to play in the season opener Sunday at home against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Prescott said the issue was related to a change in footwear.

“I’m good to go,” Prescott said. “I still feel the best that I’ve felt in a very, very long time. … I promise you I’m great.”

Prescott threw for 4,449 yards and a franchise-record 37 touchdowns with 10 interceptions in 16 games for the Cowboys in 2021. The only game he missed came in Week 7 against the Minnesota Vikings because of a calf strain. The rebound season came a year after a gruesome compound fracture and dislocated right ankle in Week 5 against the New York Giants in 2020.

A matchup against the Buccaneers means going up against fellow quarterback Tom Brady, something Prescott is keen to do.

“It’s awesome,” Prescott said. “You definitely have to embrace it — a guy whose resume speaks for itself. Shows up at his age and is still better than most to do this — the greatest to do this, honestly. In the moment to play him, to understand what that team’s gonna bring with him as the leader and him on the other side, (I’m) just ready for that matchup.”

In six career seasons, all with the Cowboys, Prescott has thrown for 22,083 yards and 143 TDs against 50 interceptions. The former fourth-round draft pick in 2016 out of Mississippi State is a two-time Pro Bowl selection.

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Nov 24, 2019; Foxborough, MA, USA; Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott (4) greets New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) after the game at Gillette Stadium. Patriots defeated the Cowboys 13-9. Mandatory Credit: David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports

Bucs’ offensive line under scrutiny ahead of opener vs. Cowboys

Asking a pieced-together offensive line to protect the NFL’s oldest player feels like a recipe for disaster.

Instead of considering another retirement, quarterback Tom Brady said he expects “great things” from his blockers as his Tampa Bay Buccaneers open the season Sunday night against the Dallas Cowboys in Arlington, Texas.

“I expect them to go out there and they got a lot of pride, they wanna work hard,” the 45-year-old QB said. “They wanna do the right thing. They’re well-coached.”

The Buccaneers lost center Ryan Jensen to a knee injury in training camp, while left guard Ali Marpet unexpectedly retired and right guard Alex Cappa signed with the Cincinnati Bengals in free agency.

Shaq Mason, Brady’s former teammate with the Patriots, is the new right guard. Rookie second-round pick Luke Goedeke is at left guard and 2021 third-rounder Robert Hainsey will be making his first NFL start at center, while right tackle Tristan Wirfs and left tackle Donovan Smith return from last season.

Wirfs (abdomen) was a limited participant in Wednesday’s practice along with safety Logan Ryan (hamstring), wide receiver Russell Gage (hamstring) and running back Giovani Bernard (ankle). Cornerback Zyon McCollum (hamstring) did not practice, while wideout Chris Godwin (knee) fully participated.

Brady, who is entering his 23rd season, said he hopes all the negative press about his offensive line will motivate the unit.

“I hope they take it to heart all the things that people have said about them, which is not always the most flattering things,” Brady said. “But they gotta go out there and they gotta, again, like all of us, we gotta go out there and earn it and prove people right or prove them wrong.”

Brady is 6-0 in his career against Cowboys, including the Thursday night season opener last year in Tampa. He led the Bucs to a 31-29 win and went on to lead the NFL with a career-high 5,316 yards and 43 touchdown passes.

Last season’s meeting was an air war as Brady finished 32 of 50 for 379 yards with four touchdowns and two interceptions, while Dallas’ Dak Prescott completed 42 of 58 throws for 403 yards with three scores and one interception. Ryan Succop capped Brady’s game-winning drive by hitting a 36-yard field goal with two seconds left.

Entering his seventh season, Prescott said he savors the challenge of another prime-time clash against an all-time great.

“It’s awesome,” Prescott said. “You definitely have to embrace it — a guy whose resume speaks for itself. Shows up at his age and is still better than most to do this — the greatest to do this, honestly. In the moment to play him, to understand what that team’s gonna bring with him as the leader and him on the other side, (I’m) just ready for that matchup.”

Prescott finished last season with 4,449 passing yards and a franchise-record 37 touchdown passes.

Prescott’s offensive line has also come under some scrutiny due to a torn hamstring sustained by eight-time Pro Bowl left tackle Tyron Smith. Rookie first-round pick Tyler Smith moved to left tackle after spending most of training camp at left guard. Dallas signed a 40-year-old insurance policy, nine-time Pro Bowler Jason Peters, to the practice squad.

Cowboys cornerback Jourdan Lewis (hamstring) and wide receiver Michael Gallup (knee) were limited participants in Wednesday’s practice. Defensive back Kelvin Joseph returned to practice after exiting concussion protocol.

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Dec 26, 2021; Arlington, Texas, USA; Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott (4) and center Tyler Biadasz (63) in action during the game between the Washington Football Team and the Dallas Cowboys at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

Dak Prescott fined $25K for comments about refs

Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott was fined $25,000 by the NFL on Thursday for his comments supporting fans who threw trash and objects at game officials after last Sunday’s loss, multiple outlets reported.

During his postgame comments following the Cowboys’ loss to San Francisco, Prescott said “credit to them” when told fans were throwing objects at the officials after the game had ended.

Prescott apologized for the comments Tuesday.

“I deeply regret the comments I made regarding the officials after the game on Sunday,” Prescott said in a series of social media posts. “I was caught up in the emotion of a disappointing loss and my words were uncalled for and unfair. … That was a mistake on my behalf, and I am sorry.”

Prescott’s Cowboys lost to the San Francisco 49ers 23-17 in their NFC wild-card matchup. The Cowboys, who were driving at the end of the game with no timeouts left, ran out of time to get off one more play because an official needed to touch the ball before the snap. The Cowboys were penalized 14 times during the game.

Some Dallas fans threw garbage onto the field in protest. Cowboys defensive lineman DeMarcus Lawrence held up his helmet to block an incoming bottle as he left the field.

–Field Level Media