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Prescott blames ankle issue on cleats, says he’s still on for Cowboys’ opener

- — Tampa Bay Times

Dallas Cowboys quarterbac­k Dak Prescott was limited in practice Thursday with a right ankle issue he said was caused by trying a different style of cleats.

Prescott said the ankle wouldn’t affect his status for Dallas’s opener Sunday night at home against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

It’s the same ankle that was surgically repaired after the gruesome injury that ended Prescott’s 2020 season in Week 5. Prescott said he had worn a different style of cleats all of training camp.

“It’s just being very, very cautious,” said Prescott, who said he didn’t twist the ankle. “Switching shoes today probably wasn’t the best idea. We’re good to go. Promise that.”

• 49ERS: Star tight end George Kittle missed his second straight practice with a groin injury, leaving his status for the season opener against the Chicago Bears in doubt.

Kittle injured the groin in a light practice Monday and was not able to get back on the field for San Francisco’s first two major practices ahead of its opener at Chicago on Sunday.

• 49ers Coach Kyle Shanahan has characteri­zed the injury as day-today.

SAINTS: Center Erik Mccoy agreed to a contract extension with New Orleans, and a person familiar with the terms of the agreement said it spans five years with a maximum value of nearly $64 million.

The Saints selected Mccoy, 25, in the second round out of Texas A&M in 2019 and immediatel­y made him a starter at center. He started 16 games in each of his first two pro seasons and 12 games last year, when he missed four games with a calf injury and one game with a coronaviru­s diagnosis.

• RAMS: Coach Sean Mcvay and General Manager Les Snead agreed to contract extensions through the 2026 season, keeping the defending Super Bowl champions’ brain trust in place with lucrative new deals.

The Rams didn’t announce the financial terms of the deals, but both men are expected to be among the highest paid at their respective positions.

• BEARS: Team ownership said it will need taxpayer assistance to construct an enclosed suburban stadium that could host Super Bowls, Final Fours and College Football Playoff games and anchor a surroundin­g entertainm­ent and residentia­l complex.

Chairman George Mccaskey said the team would not seek public funding to build the stadium itself if the Bears complete the purchase of a 326-acre site in Arlington Heights, Ill., and decide to move on from Soldier Field. But they would need help to complete the rest of a multibilli­on-dollar project.

• CHIEFS: Defensive end Frank Clark pleaded no contest in Los Angeles to two counts of misdemeano­r possession of an assault weapon and was sentenced to one year of probation and 40 hours of community service stemming from a pair of incidents during the 2021 offseason.

Clark is due back in court early next year, when he will need to show proof that he completed his sentence.

— Associated Press

• BUCCANEERS: For all the world knows, Chris Godwin may be dialing up some misdirecti­on for the Cowboys.

Or he truly may not be certain whether his surgically mended right knee will be ready for the rigors of an NFL work night this weekend.

At any rate, Tampa Bay’s top returning wide receiver indicated after practice — in which he didn’t participat­e — that he essentiall­y will be a game-time decision Sunday night.

“I think ultimately what it comes down to is just one, how I’m feeling, and then two, the discussion­s that I have with Coach [ Todd] Bowles and the training staff,” said Godwin, who underwent surgery Jan. 3 to repair two torn knee ligaments. “I think whenever the time comes for the game, I think everybody will know, but until then even I’m not sure.”

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