Cowboys QB Dak Prescott could be out until November bye week after surgery

Dak Prescott saw a hand specialist on Monday morning.

The surgery was completed this afternoon on the Cowboys quarterback’s fractured right thumb, a person familiar with the procedure said.

It was also reported that the fixation went as hoped and wound healing usually takes about two weeks with treatment to follow.

Six to eight weeks is appropriate after successful surgery today, people familiar with the severity of the injury said. The Dallas Morning News. That seems to be the best possible prognosis at this point. And that puts him squarely in the second half of the season.

The Cowboys get ready for the prospect that they will be without their starting quarterback until the end of the bye week, placing his return in mid-November.

“It’s very disappointing, but injuries happen,” Prescott said after Sunday night’s 19-3 loss to Tampa Bay. “I can’t necessarily control it, it’s just a shame.

“I’m going to run out of time and not be there for my team. This is what hurts more than anything, especially after the start that we have just launched.

Six weeks after the operation, the Cowboys are on October 24, the day after their home game against Detroit. The team hosts Chicago a week later before the bye.

Does the team bring Prescott back from a major injury to play a game before the bye? That would be out of place given the club’s history with how they handle players on their return.

The most likely date – and again, a better understanding of what he’s up against won’t come until later today – is the Cowboys’ game against Green Bay on November 13.

A Cowboys team that swept the NFC East last season has three division games in that span. It starts later this month on the road against the New York Giants. This is followed by a game against Washington on October 2 and in Philadelphia on October 16. There’s no way Prescott will be back for any of those games.

Prescott is 25-6 against the division in his career.

Cooper Rush is now the team’s starting quarterback until further notice. He had one start in the first five years of his NFL career, a win over Minnesota on the road last season.

If Prescott returns on Nov. 13, it will have made him unavailable due to injury in nearly half – 19 of 41 – of the games during Mike McCarthy’s coaching tenure. He missed the final 11 games of the 2020 season with a compound fracture and a dislocated ankle. He missed a game last season with a calf injury.

And now this.

“There are things going on that I can’t control and who am I to question them?” Prescott asked.

“It’s not the worst thing that’s happened to me. It’s just another bump in the road and I’ll keep moving forward.

Game 1: Cooper Rush vs. Cincinnati’s Joe Burrow.

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