Cowboys QB Dak Prescott says walking boot was a precaution: ‘It’s absolutely nothing’

Dak Prescott’s right ankle is alright, the Dallas Cowboys quarterback said Tuesday after a photo showing him in a walking boot last week sparked concern.

“It’s the same ankle that I snapped and had a nasty surgery on four years ago, so a couple of hard days of training and you get a little sore,” Prescott told reporters Tuesday at his youth football camp in a Dallas-area suburb.

“You’re going on a fishing trip and you want to protect it and make sure that things don’t get worse,” he said.

The image on X, formerly known as Twitter, of Prescott wearing the protective boot in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, prompted something of a social-media frenzy, especially considering Prescott sustained a gruesome compound fracture and dislocation in that ankle on a tackle by then-Giants safety Logan Ryan in October 2020.

“It’s absolutely nothing. People are reaching, trying to make things that they aren’t,” Prescott said of the boot at his camp in Southlake, Texas. “I’m getting older, have to take care of my body, have to be smart. If I can take precautions and lessen something by putting on a boot, I’m gonna do it. Sorry that it caused such a worry.”

Prescott started all 17 games last season, passing for 4,516 yards and an NFL-high 36 touchdowns to finish second in MVP voting. He struggled in the Cowboys’ first-round playoff loss to the seventh-seeded Green Bay Packers, however, throwing two first-half interceptions in a 48-32 rout that was all but over by halftime.

Prescott, who turns 31 this month, is entering the final year of a four-year, $160 million contract. He confirmed Tuesday that there have been conversations with the Cowboys about a new deal but said he leaves the negotiations to his agent.

The Cowboys are 73-41 under Prescott since his debut seven years ago but are 2-5 in the playoffs with him at quarterback.

The Jacksonville Jaguars’ Trevor Lawrence (five years, $275 million) and the Detroit Lions’ Jared Goff (four years, $212 million) are among the quarterbacks to sign new contracts this offseason.

Cowboys wide receiver CeeDee Lamb is also seeking a new contract and skipped mandatory minicamp last month. Lamb led the NFL with 135 catches last season and ranked second with 1,749 receiving yards and third with 12 touchdowns.

In April, Dallas picked up its fifth-year option on star pass rusher Micah Parsons, who is now signed through 2025 and will be due for a new contract soon as well.