Just over a week into preseason training camp, the Dallas Cowboys were dealt some unfortunate injury news. Starting quarterback Dak Prescott has sustained a minor shoulder strain.
After undergoing an MRI, Prescott was diagnosed with a muscle strain in his throwing arm. Early signs suggested that Prescott would miss camp for a few days and then return to the Cowboys within a short time.
Although it was disappointing, Prescott’s injury caused a positive mood in Dallas. He shared with us that he was determined to have any issues in his throwing arm fixed immediately. Therefore, he chose to be cautious when he felt discomfort during Wednesday practice.
“I felt some soreness when making certain throws today, and I really just decided not to push things too far,” Prescott said, per Jane Slater. It’s better to be careful and smart about this. This is not a serious setback for me. It will be treated on a daily basis and I’ll be just fine.”
On Wednesday night, more details about the extent of the injury were revealed. This included some worrying news about the time it may take Prescott for his return to the field. David Moore from The Dallas Morning News reports that Prescott could miss as much as two weeks due to the shoulder strain.
Dak Prescott could miss a few weeks with shoulder injury — raising concerns for Cowboys’ backup QBs https://t.co/cSzhVSjHKu
— David Moore (@DavidMooreDMN) July 29, 2021
The Cowboys will need to establish chemistry with Prescott and their receivers over the next few weeks, particularly since Prescott was injured last year. He won’t be there if he isn’t feeling well.
Prescott is currently resting, so the Cowboys could consider a backup quarterback. Dallas had a few players in the position before this offseason but decided to let them go without signing.
The circumstances have changed and Garrett Gilbert, Ben DiNucci, and Cooper Rush are now the only options for McCarthy. If Prescott’s injury is more severe, it could be worth picking up another quarterback to assist.
The Cowboys won’t be buried if their starter is absent a few weeks before camp starts. The Cowboys will be able to win the NFC East if Prescott is healthy.