Dak Prescott, the quarterback for the Dallas Cowboys, suffered a thumb injury in Sunday night’s season-opening 19-3 loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and plans to have surgery on Monday. Multiple sources have said that he would miss 6-8 weeks of action due to the injury and that he will most likely be placed on injured reserve.
When Prescott threw a pass and hit the hand of outside linebacker Shaq Barrett in the fourth quarter, he was hurt. On Monday, Prescott will consult with the Cowboys’ hand specialist, but many sources have confirmed that he will have a pin and plate implanted there to stabilize the joint.
Prescott said he initially dismissed the injury as minor, thinking he had only jammed a finger. However, he walked to the locker room to get X-rays done, which revealed a fracture.
Prescott, who finished the game with a splint on his right hand, remarked, “I was informed it was a lot cleaner than it might have been.” The injury is serious, according to coach Mike McCarthy. Cooper Rush will start at quarterback for the Cowboys in Week 9 against the Bengals. The third-string quarterback is practice squad member Will Grier.
When Prescott went down with a right calf injury last year, Rush stepped in and won his first career start against the Minnesota Vikings. After taking over for Prescott against Tampa Bay, he was 7-of-13 for 64 yards passing. In the 20-16 victory over the Vikings, he threw for 325 yards and two touchdowns.
Prescott expressed his displeasure, saying, “It’s pretty frustrating, but injuries happen, can’t necessarily control it, just unfortunate.” “Not being able to help my team out as much as they need me to right now hurts more than anything, especially given the strong start we made.
It’s sad that I wanted to react but won’t have time to do so for several weeks. But as I have done in the past when hardship has arisen, I will go in headfirst and do my best; I am confident that I will emerge stronger from this experience.”
Prescott, who is now 2-5 in career season openers, went 14-of-29 passing for 134 yards, was intercepted once, and sacked twice, while the Cowboys failed to score a touchdown for the first time in a season opener since 2001.
On September 10, 1989, the Cowboys lost their season opener, 28-0, against the New Orleans Saints. It was Jones’ first game as owner and general manager, and it was also Troy Aikman and Jimmy Johnson‘s first game as starters.
The thumb injury capped off an unusual week for Prescott, who had been limited in practice since last Thursday due to a sore ankle he said he got after breaking in a new set of cleats. Prescott maintained his insistence that he was fine and that it wouldn’t be a concern against the Buccaneers by working out extensively on Friday and Saturday.
Prescott’s right ankle was broken and dislocated in the sixth game of the 2020 season, which was played against the New York Giants. In his 16 starts for the Cowboys last season, he returned from injury to establish a new franchise record with 37 touchdown passes in a season. Due to a calf strain, he had to sit out one start.
Prescott threw touchdown passes to four different receivers on the opening drive Sunday, and the Cowboys went 54 yards on 14 plays to take a 3-0 lead on a field goal by Brett Maher from 51 yards out. The next first down didn’t come until Prescott ran for 12 yards after three-plus series had passed.
After the first drive, Prescott only completed one more pass to CeeDee Lamb. With 134 yards, Prescott finished with the second-fewest of his career in a game he started. On November 30, 2017, he threw for 102 yards against Washington while completing 11 of 22 passes.
With 69 consecutive starts from 2016 through 2020, Prescott has missed 12 games over the past two seasons and is likely to miss another seven this year. The Cowboys won’t play again until November 13 when they travel to take on the Green Bay Packers, who they have a bye against on November 6.
“It’s hardly the worst thing that’s happened to me,” Prescott admitted. “Sure, I’ll keep going forward regardless of this setback. I’m committed to doing everything in my power to recover and contribute to the team.”
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