Cowboys’ Dak Prescott needs thumb surgery, will be out for a few weeks

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Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott will be out for several weeks as team owner Jerry Jones said he needs surgery on his right thumb.

Prescott came out of the game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the fourth quarter after making contact with the hand of linebacker Shaquil Barrett. Backup Cooper Rush would stay for the rest of the match.

Jones said he had a fracture near the thumb of his throwing hand. To be more specific, it is above the thumb and behind the joint.

Dak Prescott #4 of the Dallas Cowboys has his hand examined by team surgeon Dr. Dan Cooper during the second half of a game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at AT&T Stadium on September 11, 2022 in Arlington, Texas.
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There is no timetable for Prescott’s return from now on.

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Prior to the injury, Prescott struggled to get anything on offense for the Cowboys, who scored just three runs in the 19-3 loss to Tom Brady and the Bucs. There was some speculation that Prescott’s ankle bothered him after he had to leave training on Thursday, which he said was a precaution.

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Anthony Nelson #98 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers fires Dak Prescott #4 of the Dallas Cowboys during the second half on September 11, 2022 in Arlington, Texas.

Anthony Nelson #98 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers fires Dak Prescott #4 of the Dallas Cowboys during the second half on September 11, 2022 in Arlington, Texas.
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Anyway, Prescott’s passes weren’t executed with the normal sharp delivery. So Dallas stopped when they had the ball and posed no threat to Brady, who marched off the field despite failing to find the end zone on most drives.

Prescott finished the game with just 134 yards at 14-for-29 through the air with no touchdowns.

This is a hard blow to the Cowboys. On Week 5 of the 2020 season, Prescott broke his ankle against the New York Giants, putting him inactive for the rest of the season. The Cowboys would finish the remainder of that year 4-7.

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However, Prescott rebounded last season, throwing for 37 touchdowns and 4,449 yards en route to an 11-5 record to secure a playoff spot. But another injury will sideline him again, and the Cowboys will hope Rush can hold his own while Prescott is out.

Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott (4) rolls out of the bag in the first half of an NFL football game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Arlington, Texas, Sunday, September 11, 2022.

Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott (4) rolls out of the bag in the first half of an NFL football game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Arlington, Texas, Sunday, September 11, 2022.
(AP Photo/Ron Jenkins)

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Rush has only had one career start, and came across it in week 8 last season the Minnesota Vikings. The Cowboys then won that game 20-16, where Rush threw 325 yards at 24-for-40 with two touchdowns and one interception.

Prescott was given a four-year contract, $160 Million Extension for 2021.



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