Ryan Clark claims that Dak Prescott will be accompanied by the Cowboys against the Eagles Monday night. (0:57).
FRISCO (Texas) -- Dak Prescott, the Dallas Cowboys quarterback, has reached different milestones after he returned from last year's compound fracture and dislocation to his right ankle.
Monday's game against Philadelphia Eagles is another: it will be his first time at AT&T Stadium after the injury.
Prescott stated that he believes it will be even more special because of the number of Cowboys fans who will be there, compared to the away games. "It was obvious that the first two traveled well and they felt the energy and that. But just knowing that the support they've given me over the past year was important was something I felt. It will be thrilling to know that I can see them again when I go out there, pregame or in the game.
"I'll accept that moment, and I'll be grateful for it. But then, my mind will turn back to the Eagles defense and what I need to do in order to win the game."
Prescott was not able to play in any of the preseason games at AT&T Stadium. He sustained the injury during the third quarter of Cowboys' match against the New York Giants, Oct. 11, 2020. After undergoing surgery on that night, Prescott had another done last December. He then began a rigorous rehab program that allowed him to be fully fit for the Cowboys' offseason.
He suffered a right latissimus injury in training camp that prevented him from participating in 10 practices. However, he has not been affected by it since.
Coach Mike McCarthy stated, "It is important whenever Dak's out there." "He is the face of our football team. From an offensive perspective, we are different when he is in charge of offense."
Prescott completed 76.5% (65 of 85) of his passes for 640 yards, three touchdowns and two interceptions in two games. He completed 23 of 27 passes in last week's victory against the Chargers. This is the fourth consecutive game where he has completed at minimum 85% of his throws.
Prescott's teammates were so impressed by his play, that it was surprising that this was his first home game after the injury.
Right guard Zack Martin stated, "I didn’t even think about it." "Again, Dak believes that the most important game in a game is the next one. It would seem that he treats it as any other game.
Amari Cooper, Prescott's wide receiver, will be there. Amari went through a full practice Friday even though he had "cracked" his ribs. After injuring his ankle on a touchdown play against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, he said he would wear extra protection to protect himself against the Eagles.
Cooper stated, "I don’t need to play 100 percent,"
The Cowboys' defensive line will be very thin. On Thursday, defensive tackle Carlos Watkins (knee), and defensive end Dorance Armstrong (ankle), were out. Friday's backup end Bradlee Ane was placed on the reserve/COVID-19 roster and will be absent Monday.
Randy Gregory, a defensive end, said that "if it ain’t one thing it’s another." He was absent last week because he was on COVID. "I mean, I mean, look at the landscape since last year. You can avoid such things by vaccinating men and get back faster. Next man up."