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Cowboys QB Dak Prescott is expected to start the season opener against the Buccaneers despite his ailment.

Dak Prescott, the quarterback for the Dallas Cowboys, is expected to return to the field for the team’s season opener on September 1.
According to Tom Pelissero of NFL Network, the Buccaneers are favored by nine points.
Prescott, 28, had a right latissimus strain during training camp and is still rehabbing from an ankle issue from last season.
According to Pelissero, the two-time Pro Bowler has had no “setbacks” in his rehabilitation and might have participated in Saturday’s preseason game against the Texans.
Prescott, on the other hand, will not take any chances and will only toss before the game.
Prescott’s recent update debunks ESPN’s Adam Schefter’s claim that the quarterback might not play at 100% this season.
“He’s not entirely recovered yet.”
“He might not be back all season,” Schefter remarked during halftime of the Chiefs-Cardinals game on ESPN.
Bishop: Dak Prescott’s Heal Turn During the offseason, Prescott signed a four-year, $160 million deal.
Prior to his ankle injury in October,
Prescott started five games versus the Giants and threw for 1,856 yards and nine touchdowns.
Before the injury, he was averaging roughly 372 passing yards per game.
In 2019, he threw for 4,902 yards and 30 touchdowns in his final complete season.
According to ESPN’s Todd Archer, Cowboys coach Mike McCarthy stated this week that there’s a significant chance Prescott won’t play in the preseason as Dallas prepares for the regular season.
McCarthy added, “He’ll undoubtedly be involved in some type of practice more than this week.”
“But to stand here and say you he’d be full-go and take all the reps, I’m not there yet.” Prescott told NFL Network last week that he wanted to participate in the Cowboys’ joint practice with the Rams and that he expects to play during the regular season.
“I felt like I could go out here,” Prescott said. “Especially when you’ve got the crowd going and the excitement, your adrenaline’s pumping, and you don’t want to miss a day like this.”
“But I’m in terrific shape, and I’ll be ready when it counts.” More NFL coverage:

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The Jaguars’ NFL preseason opening yielded ten observations, including pace of play, WR plurality, Trevor Lawrence, Tim Tebow, and more.

Urban Meyer, a renowned loser as a college coach, knew he’d have to mentally prepare for more defeats as an NFL coach.
It didn’t make Meyer’s offense’s 85-yard first-half total in Saturday’s 23-13 preseason loss to the Browns any easier to watch.What bothered Meyer the most was the offense’s tempo while Trevor Lawrence and Gardner Minshew — the Jaguars’ co-No. 1 wide receivers — were on the field.
We were in the game, but we all know Lawrence is the real starter.

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Deshaun Watson is unlikely to travel with the Texans for the preseason opener, according to GM Nick Caserio.

Watson missed roughly a week of training camp practices and finally returned to the field on Monday.
He was out due to ankle and calf problems, according to the official explanation for his absence.
Watson wasn’t getting much work when he was practicing, as he was relegated to fourth-string quarterback and defensive safety at times.
The Texans’ quarterback position is in limbo, as Watson’s trade demand has been exacerbated by a personal crisis involving multiple allegations of sexual misconduct.
Houston is attempting to establish a new, winning culture under Caserio and new head coach David Culley while talk about the reigning NFL passing leaders’ future continues to swirl.
The Watson debacle isn’t helping that cause at all.
Even if Watson was in good standing with the team, he presumably wouldn’t get many reps in game action during the preseason.
In Houston’s quarterback depth chart, veteran journeyman Tyrod Taylor is the anticipated starter.
On Saturday, he should get some reps at Lambeau Field, but most Texans fans will be looking forward to rookie third-round selection Davis Mills’ debut.
Watson’s lack of presence will almost certainly be masked by the Packers’ own quarterback problem.
Jordan Love will play his first NFL snaps, and how he looks as Aaron Rodgers’ ultimate successor — happily for the Texans — will take precedence over any lingering narratives about Watson’s absence.

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As the early events at the Tokyo Olympics get begun, Japan thrashes Australia in softball.

As far as first pitches go, this one was far from ceremonial.
When Yukiko Ueno, a 39-year-old pitcher, hit the first pitch of Japan’s Olympic softball pool match against Australia, it finally signaled the start of a Games that had been delayed by a year and were still being questioned even as they began.
Only hours before, Toshiro Muto, the head of the Tokyo 2020 organizing committee, had given a very flat-bat response, prompting a new round of headlines highlighting the possibility of the most 11th-hour of 11th-hour cancellations, and the argument will undoubtedly continue for the next three weeks, and most likely into next months Paralympics as well.
Although the Games do not officially begin until Friday night’s opening ceremony, there will be some relief that they are now begun in some sense, with baseball and football games slated to begin on “Day minus two.”
Recovery was made a primary subject of these Games long before the pandemic, and they were always scheduled to begin 150 miles from Tokyo in Fukushima, the site of the 2011 nuclear disaster, but the symbolic impact was nothing like what had been envisioned so long ago.
“It’s a bit of a letdown,” Ueno stated afterward.
“We wanted to demonstrate our performance in front of the people of Fukushima, who have put in a lot of effort to rebuild Fukushima.” We’ll have to get used to seeing empty bleachers again, just as we seem to have done in the UK, but the return of softball and baseball to the Olympic schedule for the first time since 2008 still promises to be a source of excitement.
Baseball is Japan’s most popular sport, and its premier league, Nippon Professional Baseball, is the world’s fifth most popular domestic league, trailing only the NFL, Bundesliga, Premier League, and AFL.
While the men will be vying for their first Olympic gold, the Japanese women are the defending softball champions, having defeated the United States in an upset victory in Beijing.
It was fitting that the lady who struck out the United States to take gold was back 13 years later to kick-off this tournament as Japan began their defense in excellent form, with a smashing win against Australia.
“I was actually trying to calm down before the game and not let myself get unduly enthusiastic about this opportunity to go back to the mound for the Olympics,” said Ueno, who got off to a rough start, giving up the opening run on a hit-by-pitch before recovering as Minori Naito and Yamato Fujita each hit home runs in an 8-1 rout that was called after five innings.

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As the early events at the Tokyo Olympics get begun, Japan thrashes Australia in softball.

As far as first pitches go, this one was far from ceremonial.
When Yukiko Ueno, a 39-year-old pitcher, hit the first pitch of Japan’s Olympic softball pool match against Australia, it finally signaled the start of a Games that had been delayed by a year and were still being questioned even as they began.
Only hours before, Toshiro Muto, the head of the Tokyo 2020 organizing committee, had given a very flat-bat response, prompting a new round of headlines highlighting the possibility of the most 11th-hour of 11th-hour cancellations, and the argument will undoubtedly continue for the next three weeks, and most likely into next months Paralympics as well.
Although the Games do not officially begin until Friday night’s opening ceremony, there will be some relief that they are now begun in some sense, with baseball and football games slated to begin on “Day minus two.”
Recovery was made a primary subject of these Games long before the pandemic, and they were always scheduled to begin 150 miles from Tokyo in Fukushima, the site of the 2011 nuclear disaster, but the symbolic impact was nothing like what had been envisioned so long ago.
“It’s a bit of a letdown,” Ueno stated afterward.
“We wanted to demonstrate our performance in front of the people of Fukushima, who have put in a lot of effort to rebuild Fukushima.” We’ll have to get used to seeing empty bleachers again, just as we seem to have done in the UK, but the return of softball and baseball to the Olympic schedule for the first time since 2008 still promises to be a source of excitement.
Baseball is Japan’s most popular sport, and its premier league, Nippon Professional Baseball, is the world’s fifth most popular domestic league, trailing only the NFL, Bundesliga, Premier League, and AFL.
While the men will be vying for their first Olympic gold, the Japanese women are the defending softball champions, having defeated the United States in an upset victory in Beijing.
It was fitting that the lady who struck out the United States to take gold was back 13 years later to kick-off this tournament as Japan began their defense in excellent form, with a smashing win against Australia.
“I was actually trying to calm down before the game and not let myself get unduly enthusiastic about this opportunity to go back to the mound for the Olympics,” said Ueno, who got off to a rough start, giving up the opening run on a hit-by-pitch before recovering as Minori Naito and Yamato Fujita each hit home runs in an 8-1 rout that was called after five innings.