Dak Prescott will be on the field when the Dallas Cowboys open the 2021 season against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on September 9.
Cowboys owner and general manager Jerry Jones said Sunday that Prescott is “ready to go” for Week 1 at Raymond James Stadium, according to team senior writer Rob Phillips.
Jones’ comments come after the Cowboys offensive coordinator Kellen Moore He said earlier in the week that Prescott was no longer limited in practice and was “just playing ball.”
Prescott has not played since suffering a broken ankle during Week 5 of the 2020 season against the New York Giants. Then, during training camp, he suffered a shoulder strain that caused the Cowboys to take their training slowly and steadily this summer.
Prescott’s ankle injury caused concern that he would not be signed to a long-term contract, but the Cowboys handed him a four-year, $ 160 million contract, making him the fourth highest-paid athlete in the world, according to Forbes. (via NBC Dallas-Fort Worth).
In Prescott’s absence last season, Dallas’ offense struggled mightily as the Cowboys finished 6-10, third in the NFC East, and missed the playoffs for the second year in a row.
With Prescott back on the field in 2021, the Cowboys have a solid shot at winning the division and making the playoffs for the first time since 2018. However, the franchise opens the season as underdogs against the Bucs, according to BetMGMTeam USA could be off to a rocky start.