When Dak Prescott suffered a compound fracture and dislocation of his right ankle and was lost for the season it pretty much ended all hope for the Dallas Cowboys to have a successful 2020 campaign. The Cowboys survived that Week 5 matchup with the New York Giants, but haven't won a game since.
Cowboys COO Stephen Jones was asked several questions during a midseason meeting on Monday, and of course, the main topic was Prescott. Jones said that Prescott is not only doing well but he's ahead of his recovery time.
“This is a four-month injury and so far, if anything, everything we’re getting from (associate athletic trainer Britt Brown) and the doctors is that he’s ahead of schedule,” Jones said, per ESPN's Todd Archer. “He’s been able to avoid any setbacks and if anything, he’s ahead of schedule, which shouldn’t be a surprise.”
Before Prescott suffered his gruesome injury he was having a career year, to say the least. His 1,856 yards (371 yards per game) led the NFL and he was completing 68% of his passes with a 99.6 quarterback rating.
The Cowboys were the top offense in the league at the time, but have fallen off dramatically since. They've scored 41 points during their current four-game losing streak, with nearly half of that (19) coming in last Sunday's loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers. They were averaging 32.6 points per game with Prescott under center.
When it comes to Prescott the biggest elephant in the room is his current contract situation. He signed a franchise tag in June that would pay him $31.4 million in 2020. If no long-term deal is reached next offseason, a second tag would put around $37.7 million in his pocket in 2021.
Jones mentioned on Monday that the organization and Prescott haven't had any discussions about his contract since his injury.
“We really haven't had any conversations with Dak since his injury other than talk about how he's doing physically in terms of his injury and rehab,” Jones said. “We haven't talked about in particular the future or anything to do with the contract at this point.”
The only thing left now is for Prescott to continue his progress and come back even better, which he's shown he's capable of throughout his career.