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FRISCO, Texas — For Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott, it has to be the shoes.
Prescott was a limited participant in Thursday’s practice because of a new pair of cleats that made his surgically repaired right ankle feel “uncomfortable.”
“I promise you I’m great,” Prescott said, adding, “Just being very, very careful. Changed shoes today, probably wasn’t the best idea. We’re ready to go. Promise.”
The Cowboys have an easier practice on Friday, “but come Saturday, yeah, we’re rolling,” he said. Dallas’ season begins Sunday against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at AT&T Stadium.
Prescott was on the field for a portion of practice open to the media before heading to the locker room. He said he didn’t twist his ankle in practice; he broke in a new pair of Jordan 11s after wearing Jordan 1s all summer during training camp. He wore the Jordan 11s to games last year, but he said he would switch back to the Jordan 1s.
Prescott suffered a compound fracture and dislocation of his right ankle in the fifth game of the 2020 season, but didn’t have a problem last year when he set the team record for touchdown passes (37) in a season. He missed one game last year with a calf strain.
Prescott’s health going into last year’s season opener against the Buccaneers was a much bigger deal as he missed most of camp with a right latissimus strain. He said this summer at camp that this is the best he’s ever felt.
“It’s this league and if you don’t report a hangnail you get suspended or they get fined, excuse me,” Prescott said. “But no, I feel good. I still feel the best I’ve felt in a very, very long time. Not even comparable to where I was last year going into this fight. Honestly, just excited and ready for Sunday to get here.”
Prescott initially downplayed the severity of the latissimus strain last year as well.
“It was a baseball deal. I wasn’t sure,” Prescott said. “They’re not even comparable. Of course, when I found out about the shoulder, I had to take back what I said. This is not even in, no, not even comparable.”
Two years removed from the injury, Prescott isn’t going through the same rigorous warm-up before practice that he went through all of last year.
In last year’s opening game vs. Tampa Bay, Prescott threw for 403 yards while completing 42 of 58 passes with three touchdowns and an interception in a 31-29 loss. He said this minor setback won’t limit him Sunday.
“Not at all. It can’t,” Prescott said. “Not at all. Not a chance.”