Dak’s back: No. 4 a ‘full-go’ as Cowboys host Lions

By ROY LANG III, Journal Sports

Earlier this week, Dak Prescott walked off the practice field and wanted to make sure the media knew he was back. 

“I did everything (in practice),” said Prescott, who has been absent from the Dallas Cowboys’ lineup since Week 1 with a broken bone in his throwing hand. “There was no pitch count. I threw 140 balls.” 

Impressed with not only his sharpness in practice, but his ability to tally up his passes, the questions began. 

Prescott interrupted with a chuckle. 

“That’s a made-up number,” he said. 

What’s not a joke? 

“I’m a full-go,” Prescott said. 

The former Haughton star will lead the Cowboys into AT&T Stadium against the Detroit Lions today. 

Prescott isn’t a stranger to a long-term absence. In 2022, he missed the last 11 games after a devastating leg injury. However, this five-game respite was different. 

“As disappointing as (the injury) was, it was really, really fun,” Prescott said. “I had a great time to grow and learn more about this team. When I was gone (after the leg injury), I wasn’t necessarily around. This time I didn’t really miss anything. It will be huge moving forward.” 

Prescott watched backup quarterback Cooper Rush lose just one of five starts. Although the Cowboys have survived their leader’s departure, the 4-2 record is only good enough for third in the NFC East (Philadelphia 6-0, New York Giants 5-1).

“No. 4 is that life source on offense,” offensive lineman Zack Martin said. “And not just playing wise, but energy-wise, presence-wise.” 

Even though he couldn’t practice in full until recently, Prescott used “film and mental reps” in an attempt to quell potential cobwebs today. 

“You have to get ahead of it mentally,” Prescott said. “Practice helps, too, with speed and timing. I put myself in a good spot.” 

Cowboys vs. Lions

Noon (CBS), AT&T Stadium, Arlington, Texas 

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