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The Dallas Cowboys Starting Quarterback Dak Prescott Insists he is Ready to Play Despite Right Shoulder Injury

Introduction

On Sunday December 22nd, 2019 the Philadelphia Eagles are hosting the Dallas Cowboys at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. As both the Eagles and the Cowboys are tied with a record of 7 and 7, the NFC East division is completely up for grabs between these two storied franchises with only 2 regular season games left in the 2019 – 2020 NFL season.

The NFC East champions will not only make the playoffs, but they will host a division round playoff game in the NFL postseason. The team that finishes second in the division will be eliminated from post season play so a lot is riding on the next two games for Dallas and Philly.

The Dallas Cowboys will host the Washington Redskins at noon on Sunday December 29th, 2019. The Philadelphia Eagles will play the New York Giants from Met Life Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey at noon on Sunday December 29th, 2019. The Dallas Cowboys won the first game between them and the Eagles so Philadelphia desperately need to win this Sunday December 22, 2019 at 4:25 EST to keep their NFL playoff aspirations alive.

Prescott’s Injury

The Dallas Cowboy’s starting star quarterback Dak Prescott suffered a sprained right shoulder last week during a game against the Los Angeles Rams. The Dallas Cowboys defeated the Rams 44 to 21 in that contest. Prescott played through the excruciating pain last week, and he fully intends to do the same this Sunday in the huge NFC East rivalry match up versus the Philadelphia Eagles. Although, he is listed as questionable on the injury report today there is no secret he will be starting at quarterback in this week’s battle with Philly.

Prescott suffered similar injuries "every other week" while playing in College at Mississippi State University according to Dak Prescott. Due to the fact that this shoulder sprain is on his throwing arm the pro bowl quarterback will not wear any additional protective gear as to not hinder his passing motion. He will most likely receive a pain killing injection from his medical staff prior to this week’s game.

We will see how the sprained shoulder affects his passes throughout the remainder of the NFL regular season. I would imagine that if the Dallas Cowboys clinch the playoffs this week that they will keep Prescott out of game action the following week against the Washington Redskins to rest him for their postseason run. The Dallas Cowboys will definitely benefit from having a solid running game with their All Pro rusher Ezekiel Elliot. I expect the Cowboys game plan to involve a good deal of runs to help open up the passing game especially on short routes. Look for Philadelphia to try to key on the run and force Prescott to beat them through the air downfield.

Remaining Regular Season Schedule for Cowboys and Eagles

Dallas Cowboys    
NAME, POSITION STATUS DATE
Joe Thomas, LB Questionable 18-Dec
Dak Prescott, QB Questionable 19-Dec
Sean Lee, LB Questionable 19-Dec
Tyron Smith, OT Questionable 19-Dec
Devin Smith, WR Questionable 19-Dec
Philadelphia Eagles    
NAME, POSITION STATUS DATE
Fletcher Cox, DT Questionable 18-Dec
Ronald Darby, CB Questionable 18-Dec
Nelson Agholor, WR Questionable 19-Dec
Jordan Howard, RB Questionable 19-Dec
J.J. Arcega-Whiteside, WR Questionable 19-Dec

Prescott’s Career Regular Season Passing Statistics

Year Age Tm Pos No. G GS QBrec Cmp Att Cmp% Yds TD TD% Int Int% 1D Lng Y/A AY/A Y/C Y/G Rate QBR Sk Yds NY/A ANY/A Sk% 4QC GWD AV
2016* 23 DAL QB 4 16 16 13-3-0 311 459 67.8 3667 23 5 4 0.9 185 83 8 8.6 11.8 229.2 104.9 78.8 25 143 7.28 7.86 5.2 5 5 16
2017 24 DAL QB 4 16 16 9/7/2000 308 490 62.9 3324 22 4.5 13 2.7 162 81 6.8 6.5 10.8 207.8 86.6 69.5 32 185 6.01 5.74 6.1 0 4 14
2018* 25 DAL QB 4 16 16 10/6/2000 356 526 67.7 3885 22 4.2 8 1.5 206 90 7.4 7.5 10.9 242.8 96.9 56.2 56 347 6.08 6.22 9.6 3 5 14
2019 26 DAL QB 4 14 14 7/7/2000 340 519 65.5 4334 26 5 11 2.1 204 62 8.4 8.4 12.7 309.6 99.3 73.9 18 134 7.82 7.87 3.4      
Career         62 62 39-23-0 1315 1994 65.9 15210 93 4.7 36 1.8 757 90 7.6 7.7 11.6 245.3 96.8   131 809 6.78 6.89 6.2 8 14 44
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Prescott's Career Playoff Passing Statistics

Year Age Tm Pos G GS QBrec Cmp Att Cmp% Yds TD TD% Int Int% 1D Lng Y/A AY/A Y/C Y/G Rate Sk Yds NY/A ANY/A Sk% 4QC GWD
2016* 23 DAL QB 1 1 0-1 24 38 63.2 302 3 7.9 1 2.6 16 40 7.9 8.3 12.6 302 103.2 2 11 7.28 7.65 5    
2018* 25 DAL QB 2 2 1-Jan 42 65 64.6 492 2 3.1 1 1.5 22 44 7.6 7.5 11.7 246 91.3 2 18 7.07 7 3 1 1
Career       3 3 2-Jan 66 103 64.1 794 5 4.9 2 1.9 38 44 7.7 7.8 12 264.7 95.7 4 29 7.15 7.24 3.7 1 1

Media Statements

"I'll be good to go Sunday," says Prescott.

"I'm getting better, simple as that," Prescott stated. "Mobility, function of it, it's all improving. That's the key. That's the goal."

"It's just annoying," Prescott expressed. "I mean, it's nagging. Definitely dealt with a lot more pain, so it's just annoying."

"It's frustrating. I'm a guy that likes to be in the action," Prescott explained. "I don't like to sit back, don't like to take any reps off, but it's good mentally. It's always fun just challenging yourself, and right now it's just a mental challenge. Same preparation in the game plan, if not doubling down, since I don't get those physical reps."

"It happened early in the game and I was fine, played throughout the whole second half without it being a problem, without it being an issue," says Prescott. "And I expect the same this Sunday."

"He's communicating when we're in meetings," says Cowboys tight end Jason Witten. "We're talking a lot, he runs the meetings this afternoon, does it all week. I think he's been above and beyond in all of those aspects. It's just those 35, 40 passes you throw in a week you're not getting from, him but he's constantly communicating, so I don't think that's an issue."

"This is what you play the game for," Prescott replied. "When I was a little boy and dreamed about being the quarterback of the Dallas Cowboys, this is the situation you thought about being in and excited for this moment, this opportunity for our team."

Sources:

“Dak Prescott on sprained right shoulder: 'I'll be good to go Sunday'”, Todd Archer, espn.com, December 20, 2019.

“Dak Prescott”, pro-football-reference.com, December 20, 2019.

“Gamecast”, espn.com, December 20, 2019.


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