As the Dallas Cowboys prepare to avenge last year's disappointing 6-10 record, rumors have been swirling around as to whether or not quarterback Dak Prescott is truly healthy. He spent the offseason recovering from ankle surgery, then had a shoulder issue pop up in training camp.
Fortunately for Cowboys fans, it looks like there's nothing to worry about. NFL Network insider Ian Rapoport reported on Friday that Prescott is a "full go" for next Thursday's season opener against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Considering the worry that's been surrounding Prescott's situation, this is certainly amazing news.
Dak Prescott Injury Update
Before his injury last year, it was looking like Prescott was going to have his best season to date. He averaged 371.8 passing yards and 1.8 passing touchdowns per game. There's no telling as to whether or not he could've performed at that pace across a 16-game schedule, but it would be extremely encouraging if he could play close to that level in 2021.
A big key to Prescott's success and health going forward will be how well Dallas' offensive line plays this year. Injuries left the Cowboys with a deplete O-line in 2020 that surrendered 2.8 sacks per game — tied for the 7th-worst total in the NFL.
The good news is that things are looking a lot better this year. Offensive tackle Tyron Smith is healthy again, and Zack Martin should continue to be a top-three guard in the league. If the Cowboys can finally get right tackle La'el Collins back to full health after missing the entirety of last year, Prescott should be well-protected.
Fans will get a chance to see what a fully healthy Prescott looks like as Dallas opens the 2021 season on the road against the Buccaneers on Thursday, Sept. 9. It'll take a massive performance to defeat the defending Super Bowl champions as FanDuel Sportsbook has the Cowboys listed as +270 underdogs.
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Devon Platana is not a FanDuel employee. The views expressed in his articles are the author's alone and do not necessarily reflect the views of FanDuel.