FRISCO, Texas (NWN) — Duck Prescott didn’t think twice about max effort in his first practice after a game was missed due to a strained right calf.
until the star Dallas quarterback didn’t have time to think twice about it.
“The first game (Wednesday), I get ready for a scuffle, I take five or six steps and throw on the run and I thought about it,” Prescott said. “I’m like, ‘I probably shouldn’t have done this on my first rep. It was easy for me to say, ‘Okay, so I didn’t play last week, because I don’t think about it.’ And I’m not going to think about it. I’m going to think about what it takes to win the game.”
Prescott said it was “safe to say” he would play against Denver (4-4) on Sunday after sitting out last week when backup Cooper Rush threw a go-ahead touchdown pass in the last minute With a 20-16 win over Minnesota. It was the Cowboys (6–1)’s sixth consecutive win.
The tense calf came when Prescott threw the winning TD pass To CD Lamb in overtime for a 35-29 win against New England almost three weeks ago. Cowboys expected an open week Prevents Prescott from missing a game. He chose a cautious approach.
Prescott said he was disappointed not to play against the Vikings, but it didn’t bother him much to recover from. Asked if there’s any way he’ll sit down again, Prescott said, “No, no, no. He’s got his two weeks with goodbyes. We’ll give him that.”
The Cowboys listed Prescott as a suspect against Minnesota after being out of team practice all week. Receiver Amari Cooper, who caught the TD toss ahead of Rush, said the quarterback told his teammates two days before the game that he was not playing.
Now such questions are not needed.
“I’m sure he’s going to be fired,” said Ezekiel Elliot, running back. “I don’t know if you can be more active than ever, but if he can, I’m sure this week could be one of them.”
Prescott missed most of the preseason after straining his right shoulder early on in training camp. He missed the last 11 games against the New York Giants last year following a horrific compound fracture of his right ankle.
Suffice it to say that he has recently gone through injury drills, which means he won’t change much with rehab, although Prescott says he is close to making a full recovery from a calf injury.
“I will never stop doing everything I need to do to make sure I stay on top of it,” Prescott said. “Not only that, just my ankles, just my whole body, even if it’s the shoulders. I don’t want to say old because I’m only six years old at this thing, but as I get more experience, I’m going to be able to take care of my body.” I spend more time caring.
Because surgery limited his mobility after a broken ankle last year, Prescott never made it to the side, while the Cowboys finished 6-10 and missed the playoffs.
The win over Minnesota was the first time he had seen most of a game with the headset since the final game of his rookie year, when Dallas’ postseason plans were all set. Prescott said what he learned was, “I don’t necessarily like to watch. That I like to play.”
“I don’t want to get used to it,” Prescott said. “It was challenging, but I embraced it, was able to support people, something coaches talk about (Mike) McCarthy backing 48. It was my job.”
Prescott is getting his old job back.
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