Cowboys Rumors: Dak Prescott Nearing Full Strength After Ankle Injury Rehab

Tyler Conway@@jtylerconwayFeatured Columnist IVMay 30, 2021

Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott speaks during a news conference at the team's NFL football practice facility in Frisco, Texas, Wednesday, March 10, 2021. The Cowboys and Prescott have finally agreed on the richest contract in club history, two years after negotiations began with the star quarterback. (AP Photo/LM Otero)
AP Photo/LM Otero

Dak Prescott has been publicly optimistic in discussing his recovery from a career-threatening ankle injury, and the Dallas Cowboys are reportedly happy with his recovery after the quarterback's appearance at last week's OTAs.

“I talked to a source over there who said it doesn’t feel like Dak is rehabbing anymore. ... He functioned like he normally would [at OTAs]," ESPN's Jeremy Fowler said Sunday on SportsCenter.

Prescott participated on a limited basis in the final two days of offseason workouts, taking part in drills that helped him test his progress in recovering from a dislocated and compound fracture of his right ankle suffered last October.

"I wouldn't say I'm necessarily limited," Prescott told reporters last week. "I think we're just being cautious and being smart in the fact of I'm not doing things when there's a pass rush or guys potentially falling at the legs or something of that nature. But as far as saying I can't do drills or I can't do something, I'm pretty much full go."

The Cowboys signed Prescott to a four-year, $160 million contract, including $126 million guaranteed, this offseason despite his ongoing recovery, a sign they have complete faith he'll return to top form. Prescott was leading the NFL in passing through the first five games of the 2020 season, throwing for 1,856 yards and nine touchdowns against four interceptions.

The Dallas offense cratered without him, as Ezekiel Elliott struggled to pick up the load on the ground and Andy Dalton played middling football as Prescott's replacement under center.

With Prescott back in the lineup, however, the Cowboys should rank as one of the NFL's best offenses. CeeDee Lamb looked like a star in the making at receiver despite Prescott's absence, and Tony Pollard continued to emerge as a potentially solid 1B behind Elliott on the running back depth chart.