Cowboys’ Dak Prescott needs thumb surgery and will be out for several weeks

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Dallas Cowboys Quarterback Dak Prescott will be out for several weeks after team owner Jerry Jones said he needed surgery on his right thumb.

Prescott is 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 remain for the rest of the game.

Jones said a fracture was sustained near the thumb of his throwing hand. To be more specific, it’s above the thumb and behind the knuckle.

Dak Prescott #4 of the Dallas Cowboys has his hand examined by team surgeon Dr. Dan Cooper during the second half of the game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at AT&T Stadium on September 11, 2022 in Arlington, Texas.

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

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Prior to the injury, Prescott struggled to do anything on offense for the Cowboys, who totaled just three points in the 19-3 loss to Tom Brady and the Bucs. There has been speculation that Prescott’s ankle bothered him after having to leave training on Thursday, which he said was a precaution.

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Anthony Nelson #98 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers sacks 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 sacks Dak Prescott #4 of the Dallas Cowboys during the second half on September 11, 2022 in Arlington, Texas.
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Regardless, Prescott’s passes weren’t executed with the normal net delivery. Because of this, Dallas stalled when they had the ball and posed no threat to Brady, who walked the field despite not finding the end zone on most drives.

Prescott finished the game with just 134 for 14 yards for 29 through the air without a touchdown.

It’s a blow for the Cowboys. In Week 5 of the 2020 season, Prescott broke his ankle against the New York Giants, rendering him out of action for the remainder of the season. The Cowboys would finish the rest of that year 4-7.

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Prescott rebounded last season, however, throwing for 37 touchdowns and 4,449 yards on the way to an 11-5 record to secure a playoff berth. But another wound will sideline him again, and the Cowboys are hoping Rush can defend while Prescott is out.

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

Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott (4) comes out of his pocket during the first half of an NFL football game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Arlington, Texas on Sunday, September 11, 2022.
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Rush has only one career start under his belt, and it came last season in Week 8 against the Minnesota Vikings. The Cowboys won that game, 20-16, where Rush threw for 325 yards on 24-for-40 with two touchdowns and an interception.

Prescott was signed for four years, $160 million extension in 2021.

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