The Dallas Cowboys training camp is off to an awkward start after quarterback Dak Prescott left the team’s first padded practice on Wednesday. According to multiple reports, Prescott stopped throwing the ball and jogged off the field after being active during the first practice periods.
Later, the Dallas Morning News reported that Dak Prescott had suffered a latissimus strain. This explains Prescott’s arm soreness that caused him to leave practice and be “cautious.” However, there’s reason to be concerned about the Cowboys’ quarterback missing some time in training camp.
Per David Moore’s report, a mild injury like this usually means a two-week timetable to return to the playing field.
Although it shouldn’t be perceived as anything too serious in the long term, it’s certainly an unfortunate situation.
After all, everyone was looking forward to seeing Dak play some live padded reps in training camp after working behind the scenes over the past few months. Wednesday marked Dak Prescott’s first day in padded practice since Week 5 last season versus the New York Giants.
With Prescott potentially out for a couple of weeks, the Dallas Cowboys won’t only be concerned about getting their starter back. They will also have to decide if they roll with the backups already on the roster or look for an outside option now that the urgency has increased.
On Wednesday, Garrett Gilbert took over the offense after Prescott left the field. Gilbert has been competing with Ben DiNucci and Cooper Rush during the offseason but seems to have the edge early in training camp.
Gilbert’s biggest achievement with the Cowboys was keeping the game close against the then-undefeated Pittsburgh Steelers last season. However, his game leaves a lot to be desired, and is still fighting to secure his spot as Prescott’s backup this camp. At 30-years-old, Dallas isn’t betting on his upside, either.
There aren’t many options in free agency, but if Prescott is set to miss some practice time the Cowboys might think about revisiting with Brett Hundley. Blake Bortles was recently released from the Green Bay Packers after Aaron Rodger’s return.
In the meantime, the Dallas Cowboys shouldn’t be too concerned about Dak Prescott’s health in the long term. With the regular season still over a month away, expect Prescott to be ready to face the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
The biggest problem could be a bit of extra uncertainty if Dak’s time to practice is greatly reduced.
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