Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott tweaked his surgically repaired right ankle at practice on Thursday.
But breath easy, Cowboys fans. It sounds like it's nothing serious and won't impact his availability for Sunday's showdown against Tom Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Prescott was limited in practice, but told reporters that he's "good to go" for Sunday. He also blamed his shoes.
“I was limited today," Prescott told reporters. "But as I said, it is my ankle, but it’s just being very, very cautious. Switching shoes today probably wasn’t the best idea.
"There we go. We’re good to go. Promise that I promise you I’m great.”
Per the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Prescott was trying out a new pair of Jordan 11s when he hurt his ankle. He'll switch back to Jordan 1s for Sunday's game.
The tweak is to the same ankle that sustained a compound fracture and dislocation in gruesome fashion in Week 5 of the 2020 season. The injury cost Prescott the remaining 11 games that year. He couldn't feel his toes in the days after the injury that required multiple procedures to repair.
Prescott returned in 2021 to play 16 regular-season games and lead the Cowboys to the playoffs in his most productive season as a pro. He showed little sign of setback from the injury while completing 68.8% of his passes for 4,449 yards with a career-high 37 touchdowns and 10 interceptions.
The tweak is obvious cause for concern, even amid Prescott's assurances that he feels "great."
“I still feel the best that I’ve felt in a very, very long time,” Prescott said on Thursday. “Not even comparable to where I was last year going into this game.
"So, honestly just excited and ready for Sunday to get here. Not even comparable to where I was last year going into this game."
With a fierce Bucs front seven anchored by Vita Vea and Shaquil Barrett looming, Sunday's game will tell just how much Prescott's ankle is bothering him.