OXNARD, Calif. (Silver Star Nation) — The Dallas Cowboys will be without the services of starting quarterback Dak Prescott as they take on the Pittsburgh Steelers on Thursday in the Hall of Fame game from Canton, Ohio.
Head Coach Mike McCarthy told reporters at Cowboys training camp Tuesday morning that Prescott’s arm/shoulder strain will keep him out of both the Hall of Fame Game on Thursday night and the team’s scheduled practice with the Los Angeles Rams this Saturday.
What was originally thought to be a simple strain, has proven to be a more significant injury, but McCarthy said the team is just being overly cautious when it comes to the quarterback’s health.
The coach did say he fully expects Prescott to play in at least one of the remaining three preseason games, but he won’t throw any passes this week.
The team travels to Ohio on Wednesday for Thursday’s game, but will return to Oxnard on Friday morning to prepare for Saturday’s practice with the Rams.
Former Cowboys Head Coach Jimmy Johnson and former players Cliff Harris and Drew Pearson will be inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame as part of the weekend activities in Canton, Ohio.
An ankle injury ruined Prescott’s 2020 season. He returned to the Cowboys for training camp and reported limited issues with the ankle that required surgery.
The shoulder injury not withstanding — McCarthy is wisely easing Prescott back into competition slowly before the 17-game NFL season.