Contrary to what the legendary R&B group ‘Tony! Toni! Tone!’ would have you believe, it actually is set to “Rayne” in Southern California. As long reported by CBS Sports, the Dallas Cowboys expect Dak Prescott — given name: Rayne Dakota Prescott — to be fully cleared to participate in training camp in Oxnard, California, and with no limitations, as now confirmed by head coach Mike McCarthy. But considering how valuable he is to the success of the team and the size of the historic contract he was recently awarded, expect the Cowboys to keep a close eye on him over the next several weeks.
“I see for him to be a full participant,” said McCarthy.
It’s key to note — as McCarthy went on to do — this expectation is not official until the medical staff says, and conditioning tests were underway at the time of the press conference.
“It’s still a projection,” he added. “We’ll see how it goes. Obviously, we’ll watch it.”
Prescott has been off of crutches for months now and sources confirmed to CBS Sports back in March that he’d be 100 percent healthy by the time OTAs rolled around, but that the Cowboys would not fully unleash him yet — for obvious reasons. But with OTAs and minicamp now in the rearview mirror and the first training camp practice set to get underway on Thursday, Prescott will return to 11-on-11 drills for the first time since suffering his injury last October. It’s an expected and final step in his recovery from a season-ending ankle fracture, and a poignant one for the Cowboys outlook in 2021.
And, for his part, it’s an outlook that bright enough to require eye protection for onlookers.
“Improvement, a lot of improvement obviously from last year to this year, but deeper than that from those first five games,” Prescott told Newy Scruggs of NBC DFW in late June. “Take those first five games and just say we’re going to be better than that as a team. … We’re going to play more complementary football — from defense to offense to special teams — and then we’re going to have a healthy team. We’ve all approached the offseason, we approached the season the right way.
“We’re just excited. We’re excited that hopefully we can stay healthy — we can get good fortune on that end. Then, we can just put everything we’ve worked hard for together on all stages and all phases of the game. We’re excited for this year. It’s going to be very, very special for us and for Cowboys fans.”
That’s what the Joneses are banking on. And you can bet that for all involved within the organization, it definitely “feels good” to have Prescott back under center.