Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott wants to play Minnesota Vikings, but it’s not ‘totally my decision’

October 28, 2021

FRISCO, Texas – If it were solely for Dak Prescott, the Dallas Cowboys quarterback would play the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday despite a calf strain that has kept him limited the past two days of practice.

“Knowing that this is a long trip and a long season, I don’t necessarily know if it is totally my decision, but I will continue to control everything I can to improve,” Prescott said Thursday. “I have improved every day and that is the most important thing. I am focused on doing it again tomorrow.”

Prescott said coaches and rehab director Britt Brown will also be part of the decision-making process. Prescott has worked closely with Brown, who oversaw his rehabilitation of the compound fracture and dislocation of his right ankle and the return of a latissimus strain in his right shoulder in training camp.

While coach Mike McCarthy said Prescott would have to cross certain “thresholds” in practice to play, Prescott said he’s not sure what they are.

“They didn’t tell me which ones had to happen,” Prescott said. “Obviously I trust myself, I trust my body, I trust what I’m thinking, but I also trust the trainers and Britt, Jim (Maurer) and all the training staff. We’ve put a lot into this, a lot into my body. and taking care of me.

“But they know. They know how these things work. The first time I deal with something like this, obviously on the same leg as my ankle, I want to be smart and cautious. But like I said, I’ve gotten better every day. I’m doing things today. I didn’t do so well the day before. I think that’s huge. “

Prescott went through a lengthy rehab period before practice, simulating falls, pitches and quarterbacks’ changes of direction.

“Today I pressed him. Today, yes, I was not half or 75 percent, I was everything and I told myself that if something was going to happen, I will do it today,” he said. “But I needed to feel the full movement and I did.

Prescott has taken snapshots of the team on the road alone, with Cooper Rush taking first-team action in practice the last few days. McCarthy said the team would consider dressing three quarterbacks for the first time this season if Prescott plays.

Prescott said he wasn’t sure he was able to play last week after sustaining the injury in the Oct. 17 win against the New England Patriots. He spent the bye week receiving treatment every day and said he felt playing this week was a possibility on Monday. Prescott also noted that there is no particular move that causes him problems and that he would feel comfortable playing even with limited practice time.

“I’ve obviously been on this offense for a while. I sat outside of camp and came out the way I did,” Prescott said, referring to his 403-yard pass effort against Tampa Bay in Week 1. “Yo Lo I said today, just watching the practice go through my readings, it’s like sometimes you see things better from there after watching the game. I know all my readings, I know all the checks, and I know what we are trying to do in this plan of game. That will never change if I’m limited or not. “

The timing of the season may influence the decision for the Cowboys, who will play their seventh of 17 games on Sunday. If this was later in the season or in a playoff contest, Prescott would play.

“There would be no question, 100 percent without a doubt,” he said.

The Cowboys don’t have normal practice Friday, going through a regeneration day, but Prescott would like to take part in the extended run the team goes through on Saturday before flying to Minnesota.

“There is a bigger picture. It’s more than just this game,” he said. “The fact is, I don’t want this to be delayed this week. The same thing I told everyone in training ground over my shoulder: something I want to nip in the bud and make sure I’m healthy and ready to go.” so I am not thinking about playing and we are not going to have these conversations beyond today. “