Dak Prescott has target return date as Cowboys star undergoes successful surgery: report

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dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott reportedly underwent successful surgery on his fractured thumb, and a possible timeline for his return was mentioned.

Prescott may return for the Cowboys’ Week 8 game against chicago bears at home, or the Week 10 game against the Green Bay Packers, the NFL Network reported.

This would be in line with the initial report that Prescott would need 6-8 weeks to recover.

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Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott (4) is hit by Tampa Bay Buccaneers linebacker Shaquil Barrett (58) after throwing a pass in the second half of an NFL football game in Arlington, Texas on Sunday September 11, 2022.

Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott (4) is hit by Tampa Bay Buccaneers linebacker Shaquil Barrett (58) after throwing a pass in the second half of an NFL football game in Arlington, Texas on Sunday September 11, 2022.
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“Yeah, it’s very disappointing, but injuries happen. I can’t necessarily control it. Just a shame. Obviously I’m going to miss some time, not be there for my team. That’s what hurts more than anything, especially after the start which we just released,” Prescott said, via Pro Football Talk.

Prescott initially thought he had his thumb stuck, but X-rays said something completely different.

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The injury occurred on the pitch, as he hit the hand of Bucs linebacker Shaquil Barrett on the chase.

Anthony Nelson #98 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers sacks Dak Prescott #4 of the Dallas Cowboys during the second half at AT&T Stadium 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 at AT&T Stadium on September 11, 2022 in Arlington, Texas.
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Prescott would go on to throw for just 134 yards with one interception and a 47.2 passer rating, which are among the worst playing stats of his career.

In the meantime, Cooper Rush will be under center for the Cowboys, at least for Week 2 against the Cincinnati Bengals.

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Cowboys vice-president Stephen Jones said on the radio Monday that the team would explore all options at quarterback, but he was confident Dallas would see the No. 4 at quarterback again this season.

Jones was also optimistic about the Cowboys as a whole despite losing their starting quarterback and bringing in one with just one career start under his belt.

Dak Prescott #4 of the Dallas Cowboys carries the ball against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers during the second half at AT&T Stadium on September 11, 2022 in Arlington, Texas.

Dak Prescott #4 of the Dallas Cowboys carries the ball against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers during the second half at AT&T Stadium on September 11, 2022 in Arlington, Texas.
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“I think we’re going to improve as a football team, no doubt,” Jones said. “We believe in this team. They worked really hard in the minicamps and during the training camp. Certainly it’s unacceptable the way we played, but I’m totally confident that this team will put it in place.”

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Rush has a career start under his belt, a 20-16 win over the Minnesota Vikings in Week 7 of last season after Prescott had to sit out one game. He threw for 325 yards with two touchdowns and an interception on 24 for 40 through the air.

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