ARLINGTON, Texas — Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott said he is scheduled for right thumb surgery Monday after injuring himself in Sunday night’s 19-3 season-opener loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He is expected to be out for 6-8 weeks and the injury is likely to put him on injured reserve, according to multiple sources.
Prescott was injured in the fourth quarter when he caught full-back Shaq Barrett’s hand while throwing a pass. Prescott is set to meet with the Cowboys’ hand specialist on Monday, but according to multiple sources, he will have a pin and plate placed in the area to stabilize the joint.
Prescott said he initially thought he had pinched his finger and didn’t think it was serious. But he went to the dressing room for an X-ray, which showed a fracture.
“I was told it was a lot cleaner than it could have been,” Prescott said after the game while wearing a splint on his right hand.
“It’s a serious injury,” said coach Mike McCarthy.
The Cowboys will take on the Cincinnati Bengals next week with Cooper Rush as the starting quarterback. Will Grier is the team’s No. 3 quarterback and is currently on the practice team.
Rush won his first career start against the Minnesota Vikings last year when Prescott was out with a right calf strain. He completed 7 of 13 passes for 64 yards after taking over for Prescott against Tampa Bay. He threw for 325 yards and two touchdowns in the 20-16 win over the Vikings.
“It’s very disappointing but injuries happen, you can’t really control that, just unlucky,” said Prescott. “Obviously I’m going to miss some time, not being there for my team, and that hurts more than anything, especially after the launch we just put out. Wanted to be able to react and not necessarily have this opportunity for several weeks, yes It’s unfortunate. But I’ll do what I’ve always done when adversity comes, take it headlong and do my best, and I’m sure I’ll come out of this better.
Prescott, now 2-5 in season openers in his career, completed 14 of 29 passes for 134 yards, had one interception and two sackings while the Cowboys were held without a touchdown in a season opener for the first time since 2001.
The last time the Cowboys scored less than 6 points in a season opener was September 10, 1989, a 28-0 loss to the New Orleans Saints, the first game of Jones’ tenure as owner and general manager and debut by Troy Aikman and Jimmy Johnson.
The thumb injury capped a strange week for Prescott, who was restricted from training last Thursday with a sore ankle which he blamed on a new pair of cleats. Prescott insisted he was fine and said it would not be a problem against the Buccaneers after a full practice session on Friday and Saturday.
Prescott suffered a compound fracture and dislocation of his right ankle in the fifth game of the 2020 season against the New York Giants. He returned to start 16 games last season and set a Cowboys record in a season with 37 touchdown passes. He missed a start with a calf strain.
In Sunday’s opening drive, Prescott completed passes to four different receivers as the Cowboys rushed 54 yards in 14 games to take a 3-0 lead after a 51-yard field goal from Brett Maher. They went more than three sets before they would score another first down – on a 12-yard run by Prescott.
CeeDee Lamb caught a pass after the first drive, but only one more from Prescott the rest of the way.
Prescott’s 134 yards was the second-least he had in a game he started and finished in his career. He had 102 yards in an 11-of-22 passing on November 30, 2017 against Washington.
After starting 69 straight games from 2016 to 2020, Prescott has missed 12 games over the past two seasons and plans to miss seven more this season. The Cowboys bid farewell on November 6th and play the Green Bay Packers on November 13th.
“Obviously it’s not what you want to hear, but it’s not the worst thing that’s happened to me,” Prescott said. “Yes, it’s just another bump in the road and I’ll keep moving forward. Like I said, I’ll do everything I can and can control to get better and help this team.”
https://www.espn.com/nfl/story/_/id/34576451/dallas-cowboys-qb-dak-prescott-hand-exits-amid-woeful-loss-tampa-bay-buccaneers Dallas Cowboys QB Dak Prescott to have surgery on right thumb; expected to miss 6-8 weeks, sources say