Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott was listed as a full participant in practice on Monday, which means barring a setback to his throwing shoulder, he'll be back on the field this Thursday against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Of course, Prescott's first assignment won't be stress-free -- Tampa's defense stifled the Kansas City Chiefs in Super Bowl 55. But Cowboys wide receiver Michael Gallup believes his quarterback is physically ready for high-intensity game action once again.
"He looks normal to me, he looks fine, he looks ready to go," Gallup told the Tiki and Tierney show on Tuesday. "What Dak's gone through, been through, how he got here, it's just a blessing to see him doing what he's supposed to do. I don't think he's missed a beat, and I'm looking forward to this season...
"He's the general of the whole team -- not just the offense. When he talks, everybody shuts up and listens. The way he talks to people, how clear he is when giving speeches, he does everything right. And that goes to show why he got the big old contract he did. Everybody believes in what he's doing..."
Prescott, who's fully recovered from a devastating ankle injury suffered during Week 5 of last season, sustained a right shoulder strain in practice in late July. Although there were concerns about the severity of the injury -- he didn't play a single preseason snap -- Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said in late August that Prescott will be "good to go" for their regular season opener.
The pressure to lead Dallas to a Super Bowl couldn't be higher for Prescott, as prior to his ankle injury, he was the NFL's passing leader with 1,856 yards and nine touchdowns through five games. Thursday will mark the two-time Pro Bowler's first live action in 333 days.
As for Gallup -- Dallas' third-round pick in 2018 -- he'll have to compete with star receivers Amari Cooper and CeeDee Lamb for targets in a high-volume offense. In 16 games last season, Gallup caught 59 total passes for 843 yards with five touchdowns.
The Cowboys and Buccaneers will kick off at 8:20 p.m. ET on Thursday at Raymond James Stadium. According to the William Hill Sportsbook, Dallas currently has the best odds (+135) to win the NFC East, and the sixth-best odds (+1500) to win the conference.
The entire Cowboys conversation between Gallup and Tiki and Tierney can be accessed in the audio player above.