If not for a dramatic nexus of a preseason harm, Dak Prescott may not be, properly, Dak Prescott.
When quarterback Tony Romo scrambled, landed awkwardly and suffered a damaged bone in his again throughout a preseason sport in Seattle in 2016, it instantly and completely altered the trail of America’s Workforce. With Romo sidelined, the fourth-round rookie from Mississippi State ditched his clipboard, went 13-3 as a starter, led Dallas to the NFC East championship and by no means seemed again.
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After the season, Romo retired. Prescott is now the highest-paid participant in Cowboys’ historical past.
Not that the Los Angeles Rams can depend on such a optimistic silver lining within the wake of star operating again Cam Akers’ season-ending Achilles harm, however virtually each group within the league can relate to having their grand plans re-routed even earlier than the primary snap of the season.
Akers, a shifty scatback drafted within the second spherical out of Florida State in 2020, was anticipated to be the focus of the Rams’ operating sport once more this season after his breakout rookie marketing campaign when he averaged 113 yards over the ultimate seven video games. In 13 video games, Akers was the Rams’ main rusher with 625 yards and two touchdowns on 145 carries. He additionally caught 11 passes for 123 yards and a landing.
However now, earlier than commencing coaching camp, the Rams are scrambling for a No. 1 operating again.
Prior to now the Cowboys skilled related trauma with Romo and in 1979 when All-Professional security Charlie Waters tore his ACL in a preseason sport at Seattle and missed the season. Final season on the primary day of camp, newly-signed defensive sort out Gerald McCoy ruptured his quad, missed the season and has seemingly performed his final down within the NFL.
Groups across the league are additionally already negotiating operating again accidents, together with the San Francisco 49ers and Jeff Wilson (probably out till Week 7 after knee surgical procedure) and the New York Giants and Saquon Barkley (nonetheless recovering from final season’s torn ACL with no particular timetable for a return).
Such a early harm is not new to the Rams group. In a 1999 preseason sport in opposition to the Chicago Bears, beginning quarterback Trent Inexperienced was sacked and suffered torn knee ligaments.
His substitute? Fellow named Kurt Warner.