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.

–Field Level Media

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

Jan 16, 2022; Arlington, Texas, USA; Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott (4) on the field before the game against the San Francisco 49ers in a NFC Wild Card playoff football game at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports

Dak Prescott apologizes for ref comment after Cowboys’ loss

Dallas quarterback Dak Prescott apologized Tuesday for postgame remarks that appeared to support Cowboys fans who threw trash at referees after the team’s playoff loss Sunday.

“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.

“I hold the NFL Officials in the highest regard and have always respected their professionalism and the difficulty of their jobs. The safety of everyone who attends a game or participates on the field of a sporting event is a very serious matter. That was a mistake on my behalf, and I am sorry.”

Prescott’s Cowboys lost to the San Francisco 49ers 23-17 in their 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.

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

In his postgame press conference, Prescott said it was “sad” that fans were throwing trash at the team. But when a reporter said the trash was aimed at the officiating crew as it left the field, the quarterback responded, “Credit to them, then. Yeah. Credit to them.”

Earlier Tuesday, the National Basketball Referees Association spoke out, calling for the NFL to “take action” in light of Prescott’s remark.

“The NBRA condemns the comments by Dak Prescott condoning violence against game officials,” the statement read. “As an NFL leader, he should know better. We encourage the NFL to take action to discourage this deplorable behavior in the future.”

The NFL Referees Association, however, has made no such statement.

–Field Level Media

Feb 3, 2018; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year trophy and the NFL Honors trophy during media availabilities during the NFL Honors show at Cyrus Northrop Memorial Auditorium at the University of Minnesota. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Dak Prescott, Derrick Henry headline Walter Payton award nominees

Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott and Tennessee Titans running back Derrick Henry were among the 32 players announced Tuesday as nominees for the 2021 Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year award.

Each team selects a player who has had a significant impact on the community through his philanthropy or other efforts. The award, to be presented during Super Bowl LVI week in February, was established in 1970 and named after the late Chicago Bears running back in 1999.

The winner will receive a $250,000 donation to the charity of his choice, with the 31 other nominees receiving a charitable donation of up to $40,000.

Last year’s winner was Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson.

The 2021 nominees:

Arizona Cardinals: Kelvin Beachum
Atlanta Falcons: Mike Davis
Baltimore Ravens: Bradley Bozeman
Buffalo Bills: Harrison Phillips
Carolina Panthers: D.J. Moore
Chicago Bears: Jimmy Graham
Cincinnati Bengals: Sam Hubbard
Cleveland Browns: Denzel Ward
Dallas Cowboys: Dak Prescott
Denver Broncos: Justin Simmons
Detroit Lions: Jason Cabinda
Green Bay Packers: Aaron Jones
Houston Texans: Justin Reid
Indianapolis Colts: Kenny Moore II
Jacksonville Jaguars: Myles Jack
Kanas City Chiefs: Tyrann Mathieu
Las Vegas Raiders: Darren Waller
Los Angeles Chargers: Corey Linsley
Los Angeles Rams: Andrew Whitworth
Miami Dolphins: Jerome Baker
Minnesota Vikings: Anthony Barr
New England Patriots: Lawrence Guy
New Orleans Saints: Cameron Jordan
New York Giants: Logan Ryan
New York Jets: Quinnen Williams
Philadelphia Eagles: Jason Kelce
Pittsburgh Steelers: Cameron Heyward
San Francisco 49ers: Arik Armstead
Seattle Seahawks: Tyler Lockett
Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Mike Evans
Tennessee Titans: Derrick Henry
Washington Football Team: Jonathan Allen

–Field Level Media

Oct 31, 2021; Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA; Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott (4) warms up before the game against the Minnesota Vikings at U.S. Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jeffrey Becker-USA TODAY Sports

Cowboys QB Dak Prescott scheduled for full practice Thursday

Dak Prescott wanted to play Sunday at Minnesota, but the Dallas Cowboys are not yet giving their quarterback clearance to return from a strained calf.

He does have a chance to return for Week 9, when the Denver Broncos visit, if he makes daily improvement in practice participation from Wednesday to Friday.

Prescott will practice on a limited basis Wednesday and be cleared for full participation Thursday if cleared by medical staff, head coach Mike McCarthy said Wednesday.

“He has a certain number of reps to take, and we’ll reevaluate (Thursday) morning,” McCarthy said.

Prescott was injured on the final play of the Cowboys’ win at New England in Week 6, followed by a bye week.

McCarthy said resting his No. 1 quarterback last week was done with consideration to the two full months of the regular season left to be played.

Cooper Rush won his first career start last Sunday. He guided the Cowboys to a 20-16 victory against the Vikings with a touchdown pass to Amari Cooper in the final minute.

Rush completed 24 of 40 passes for 325 yards, two touchdowns and one interception.

Prescott, 28, has thrown for 1,813 yards, with 16 touchdowns and just four interceptions through six games this season.

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Oct 17, 2021; Foxborough, Massachusetts, USA; Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott (4) passes the ball against the New England Patriots during the second half at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brian Fluharty-USA TODAY Sports

Cowboys prep QB Cooper Rush, await word on Dak Prescott

The Dallas Cowboys are giving backup quarterback Cooper Rush reps with the first team offense on Wednesday in case starter Dak Prescott is sidelined when the team faces the Vikings in Minnesota on Sunday night.

Prescott is still being evaluated for a calf strain that led to him wearing a protective boot home from the Cowboys’ win at New England in Week 6. He smiled and said he wanted the media to have something to talk about this week when asked earlier this how he was feeling.

Coach Mike McCarthy said Prescott will go through individual drills on Wednesday before being evaluated by the team’s medical staff.

Prescott, 28, has thrown for 1,813 yards, with 16 touchdowns and just four interceptions through six games this season.

Rush, 27, has appeared in six games since entering the league with the Cowboys in 2017, completing one of three passes for two yards in his career.

Prescott was lost for the season with a dislocated ankle in October 2020. He rehabbed for months, signed a long-term contract and reported to training camp in tremendous shape by his own measure.

During the Cowboys’ first padded practice, Prescott injured his shoulder and rested for most of the preseason.

He hasn’t missed time during the regular season, returning to start Week 1 at Tampa Bay. Prescott is currently the second favorite for the 2021 NFL MVP Award — undefeated Arizona Cardinals quarterback Kyler Murray is first — according to BetMGM.

–Field Level Media

Oct 17, 2021; Foxborough, Massachusetts, USA; Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott (4) passes the ball against the New England Patriots during the second half at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brian Fluharty-USA TODAY Sports

Dak Prescott strains calf, will undergo MRI on Monday

The Dallas Cowboys’ game-winning play on Sunday apparently came with a bit of a scare.

As he was throwing the decisive touchdown pass to CeeDee Lamb, Dak Prescott strained his right calf. He was in a walking boot following the Cowboys’ 35-29 overtime win over the New England Patriots.

“It was a little pain,” Prescott said, “but for sure I would’ve been able to keep going. … Just came down funny. Didn’t like what I felt. It’s something that we’ll check out, but I could’ve kept playing if I had to. I’ll be fine.”

Prescott has thrown for 1,813 yards, 16 touchdowns and four interceptions this season for the first-place Cowboys. He passed for 445 yards and three touchdowns against New England as Dallas won its fifth straight game.

Prescott, who will undergo an MRI on Monday, played in only five games last season due to a fractured and dislocated left ankle.

“He was fine after the game,” Lamb said, via the Dallas Morning News. “I told him I love him. … I’m just going to keep reminding him that last year wasn’t like this.”

The Cowboys have a bye this week before facing the Minnesota Vikings on Halloween.

–Field Level Media