As much as you might want to see Dak Prescott take the field in game action for the first time since October 11 of last season, we're quickly learning that the Cowboys' plan of action is anything but rushing him back.
Last week, head coach Mike McCarthy told us that the team would be taking a more conservative approach with their star quarterback's recent shoulder injury, and we learned from Fox Sports' Jay Glazer that though we should expect Prescott to be ready for the regular season opener against the Buccaneers, his ailment is "more of a baseball injury" instead of your typical football issue. Because of that, Dallas reached out to the Texas Rangers to ask how they might deal with the problem and optimize the recovery period.
On Tuesday night's debut episode of "Hard Knocks" on HBO, we learned more about just what the Rangers — and the Yankees — informed the Cowboys' staff. As noted by Pro Football Talk's Charean Williams, head athletic trainer Jim Maurer spoke with Jerry Jones over the phone and informed the Cowboys owner that he was advised to "overprotect" the injury.
"Those guys are seeing this kind of stuff all the time," Maurer said. "Both of their sentiments were caution to start and make sure and give the injury plenty of time to heal before you start stretching it. They both indicated that we should be cautious early."
That was both a heady move by the Cowboys and a generous move by the cross-town Rangers and the cross-country Yankees, the latter of which is pretty darn busy with their own injury issues. To name a few, pitchers Domingo German, Corey Kluber, Luis Severino and Aroldis Chapman are all dealing with arm issues of their own, so there may not have been a team more used to dealing with throwing-related injuries than those Yanks.
The portrayal of Prescott in the show didn't sugarcoat the fact that he was frustrated with the injury, and his hunger to get out there and help his team succeed is just another reason why fans should trust that he's the heart and soul of this franchise.
"I’m not coming out of this b-tch," Prescott said during practice (via Jon Machota). "I sat last year enough… I’ll let y’all know if I’m sore or if something is bothering me. F-ck, I’ve been out long enough."