Dallas Cowboys head coach Mike McCarthy expects Dak Prescott to be a full participant when the team opens training camp in July.
"He hasn't missed anything that's been slated. He's doing a lot of extra frankly, so the anticipation would be for him to go every day is the outlook," McCarthy told reporters Tuesday. "We're not naive. It's just like any player that comes back from injury, especially a major joint injury. The first year back there's going to be some things you have to work through, but I would anticipate we'd start with him in full mode, get him into the team periods and get back to playing football."
Prescott suffered a compound fracture and dislocation of his right ankle in October and missed the final 11 games of the 2020 regular season. He was on pace to reset the Cowboys passing record book, throwing for 1,856 yards and nine touchdowns against four interceptions in just five games.
The offense scuffled without him, as Andy Dalton produced at a below-average level and Ezekiel Elliott failed to reach 1,000 rushing yards for the first time in a season in which he played at least 15 games. Dallas finished a disappointing 6-10 after being a fashionable preseason pick to win the NFC East.
Perhaps sensing Prescott's importance more than ever, the Cowboys rewarded him with a four-year, $160 million contract in March. The move was a gamble on Prescott's long-term recovery, one that is seemingly paying off based on McCarthy's comments.
Prescott was nearly a full participant in last month's OTAs, going through all workouts except 11-on-11 drills. He said "it felt great" but that the team wanted to be smart in limiting his activity before camp.