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Cowboys' Dak Prescott Talks Ankle Injury Rehab, Cites Alex Smith as Inspiration

Adam Wells@adamwells1985Featured ColumnistMarch 10, 2021

Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott throws a pass in the first half of an NFL football game against the New York Giants in Arlington, Texas, Sunday, Oct. 11, 2020. (AP Photo/Michael Ainsworth)
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Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott isn't worried that his recovery from ankle surgery will impact his ability to be ready for the start of the 2021 season. 

Speaking to reporters on Wednesday, Prescott said he will "be ready when it matters" and thanked Alex Smith for his support throughout the recovery process. 

"I have to thank Alex Smith," he said. "At that moment when you're sitting there and you have an injury like that...to see somebody who has already done it – and did it actually in worse circumstances, that allowed my mind to go 'I can do this.'"

Smith underwent 17 surgical procedures in the aftermath of suffering a spiral and compound fracture of his fibula and tibia during a November 2018 game against the Houston Texans

Washington Football Team doctors cleared Smith for full football activity last August. He wound up going 5-1 in six starts to help the team win the NFC East for the first time since 2015. 

Prescott's 2020 season came to an end in Week 5 when he suffered a compound fracture and dislocation to his right ankle against the New York Giants. He had successful surgery on Oct. 12.

ESPN's Todd Archer reported the recovery timetable for Prescott is 4-6 months. 

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Per NFL Network's Tom Pelissero and Ian Rapoport, Prescott underwent a second procedure on his ankle in December that wasn't directly related to the original surgery, but it was used "to strengthen his deltoid ligament, clean out the ankle and make it more structurally sound."

The Cowboys don't seem concerned about Prescott's ability to return to his Pro Bowl form going forward. They officially announced his signing on Wednesday. ESPN's Adam Schefter reported the deal includes $126 million guaranteed and up to $160 million total. 

Schefter also noted Prescott's contract is actually a six-year deal, but the last two are voidable to help the Cowboys with the salary cap. 

Prescott has gone 42-27 in 69 starts and has led the Cowboys to two NFC East titles over the past five seasons. The 27-year-old set career highs with 4,902 passing yards and 30 touchdowns in 2019. 

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