Dallas Cowboys’ Dak Prescott likely out preseason opener with shoulder injury

This isn’t a great sign for star quarterback Dak Prescott and the Dallas Cowboys. Fresh off returning from a severe ankle injury he suffered last season, the recently-extended Pro Bowler left Wednesday’s training camp practice with soreness in his throwing arm.

The Cowboys called the exit “precautionary” while Prescott attempted to downplay it before meeting with team doctors.

Unfortunately, it appears that there’s a bit more to this. After undergoing an MRI, Prescott was diagnosed with a muscle strain in his right shoulder.

Prescott and his Cowboys are in the initial stages of training camp, which opened earlier than 30 other teams due to their looming appearance in the Hall of Fame Game against the Pittsburgh Steelers.

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Jul 25, 2021; Oxnard, CA, USA; Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott (4) during training camp at the Marriott Residence Inn. Mandatory Credit: Jason Parkhurst-USA TODAY Sports

The two-week timeline all but guarantees that Prescott will miss the Aug. 5 opener against Pittsburgh a week from Thursday in Canton.

Prescott entered camp without any limitations. All news was seemingly positive in regards to the ankle injury he suffered back in October of 2020. And it must be noted that this recent issue is in no way related to the past injury.

A fourth-round pick out of Mississippi State back in 2016, Prescott has morphed into one of the better quarterbacks in the NFL.

Over the course of his past 21 starts, the Pro Bowler has accounted for nearly 6,800 passing yards to go with 45 total touchdowns against 15 interceptions.

Despite the aforementioned ankle injury, Dallas awarded him with a six-year, $240 million contract. They are obviously expecting a lot from him this coming season after a disastrous first year of the Mike McCarthy tenure in Big D.