Dallas Cowboys QB Dak Prescott to have surgery on right thumb; expected to miss 6-8 weeks, sources say

ARLINGTON, Texas — Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott mentioned he’s expected to have surgery Monday on his right thumb after he was injured within the season-opening 19-3 loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday night time. He is expected to miss 6-8 weeks and the harm will seemingly land him on injured reserve, in accordance to a number of sources.

Prescott was injured within the fourth quarter when he hit the hand of out of doors linebacker Shaq Barrett whereas throwing a go. Prescott will meet with the Cowboys’ hand specialist Monday however, in accordance to a number of sources, he’ll have a pin and plate inserted into the realm to stabilize the joint.

Prescott mentioned he initially thought he jammed a finger and did not consider it was critical. But he went to the locker room for X-rays, which confirmed a fracture.

“I used to be instructed it was a lot cleaner than it may have been,” Prescott mentioned after the sport whereas carrying a splint on his right hand.

“It’s a major harm,” coach Mike McCarthy mentioned.

The Cowboys will go together with Cooper Rush as their beginning quarterback beginning subsequent week in opposition to the Cincinnati Bengals. Will Grier is the group’s No. 3 quarterback and he is presently on the follow squad.

Rush gained his first profession begin final 12 months in opposition to the Minnesota Vikings when Prescott was out with a right calf pressure. He accomplished 7-of-13 passes for 64 yards after taking on for Prescott in opposition to Tampa Bay. He threw for 325 yards and two touchdowns within the 20-16 win in opposition to the Vikings.

“It’s very disappointing, however accidents occur, cannot essentially management it, simply unlucky,” Prescott mentioned. “Obviously going to miss a while, not being there for my group and that is what hurts greater than something, particularly after the beginning we simply put on the market. Wanted to find a way to reply, and never essentially having that chance for a number of weeks, yeah it is unlucky. But I’ll do what I’ve all the time performed anytime adversity comes, take it on head-first and provides my greatest and I’m certain I’ll come out of this factor higher.”

Prescott, who’s now 2-5 in season openers in his profession, accomplished 14-of-29 passes for 134 yards, was intercepted as soon as and sacked twice whereas the Cowboys had been held with out a landing in a season opener for the primary time since 2001 .

The final time the Cowboys scored fewer than 6 factors in a season opener was Sept. 10, 1989, a 28-0 loss to the New Orleans Saints, which was the primary recreation of Jones’ tenure as proprietor and basic supervisor and the debut of Troy Aikman and Jimmy Johnson.

The thumb harm capped a wierd week for Prescott, who was restricted in final Thursday’s follow due to a sore ankle that he blamed on a brand new pair of cleats. Prescott saved insisting he was superb and mentioned it will not be a difficulty in opposition to the Buccaneers after going by way of full exercises Friday and Saturday.

Prescott sustained a compound fracture and dislocation of his right ankle within the fifth recreation of the 2020 season in opposition to the New York Giants. He returned to begin 16 video games final season, setting a Cowboys’ single-season file with 37 landing passes. He missed one begin with a calf pressure.

On the opening drive Sunday, Prescott accomplished passes to 4 completely different receivers because the Cowboys moved 54 yards on 14 performs to take a 3-0 lead after a 51-yard subject objective by Brett Maher. They went three-plus collection earlier than they’d achieve one other first down — on a 12-yard run by Prescott.

CeeDee Lamb caught one go after the primary drive however only one extra from Prescott the remainder of the way in which.

Prescott’s 134 yards had been the second fewest he has had in a recreation that he has began and completed in his profession. He had 102 yards on 11-of-22 passing on Nov. 30, 2017, in opposition to Washington.

After beginning 69 straight video games from 2016 to 2020, Prescott has missed 12 video games the final two seasons and is lacking seven extra this season. The Cowboys have their bye Nov. 6 and play on the Green Bay Packers on Nov. 13.

“Obviously it is not what you need to hear, however it’s not the worst factor that is occurred to me,” Prescott mentioned. “Yeah, it is simply one other bump within the highway and I’ll hold transferring ahead. As I mentioned I’ll do all the pieces that I can that I can management to get myself again to get myself higher and assist this group.”

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