Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott to undergo right thumb surgery; expected to miss 6-8 weeks, sources say

ARLINGTON, Texas — Dallas Cowboys strategist Dak Prescott said he is due to undergo surgery on his right thumb on Monday after sustaining the injury in the 19-3 loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Sunday evening. He is expected to miss 6-8 weeks and the injury will likely put him on injured reserve, according to multiple sources.

Prescott was injured in the fourth quarter when he hit the hand of an outside linebacker Shaq Barrett throwing a pass. Prescott will meet with the Cowboys hand specialist on Monday but, according to multiple sources, he will have a pin and plate inserted into the area to stabilize the joint.

Prescott said he initially thought he had stuck a finger and didn’t believe it was serious. But he went to the locker room for x-rays, which showed a broken bone.

“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 significant injury,” coach Mike McCarthy said.

The Cowboys will go with Cooper Rush as their starting quarterback starts next week against the Cincinnati Bengals. Will Grier is the No. 3 quarterback on the team and is currently on the practice squad.

Rush earned his first career start last year against the Minnesota Vikings when Prescott was out with a right calf strain. He completed 7 of 13 passes for 64 yards after taking over from 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 necessarily control them, it’s just a shame,” Prescott said. “Obviously it’s going to be a little short of time, not being there for my team and that’s what hurts more than anything, especially after the start we just gave there. I wanted to be able to respond , and not necessarily have this opportunity for several weeks, yeah it’s unfortunate. But I will do what I have always done whenever adversity comes, face head first and give my best and I I’m sure I’ll be better off.”

Prescott, who is now 2-5 season opener in his career, completed 14 of 29 passes for 134 yards, was intercepted once and sacked twice 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 Saintswhich was the first game of Jones’ tenure as owner and general manager and the debuts of Troy Aikman and Jimmy Johnson.

The thumb injury capped a weird week for Prescott, who was restricted in practice last Thursday with a sore ankle he blamed on a new pair of cleats. Prescott insisted he was fine and said that wouldn’t be a problem against the Buccaneers after going through full training sessions on Friday and Saturday.

Prescott suffered an open fracture and dislocation of his right ankle in Game 5 of the 2020 season against the New York Giants. He returned to start 16 games last season, setting a Cowboys single-season record with 37 touchdown passes. He missed a start due to a calf sprain.

In opener Sunday, Prescott completed passes to four different receivers as the Cowboys moved 54 yards in 14 plays to take a 3-0 lead after a 51-yard field goal by Brett Maher. They went over three sets before earning another first down – on a 12-yard run by Prescott.

Lamb CeeDee caught a pass after the first drive, but just one more from Prescott the rest of the way.

Prescott’s 134 yards were the second fewest he had in a game he started and finished in his career. He had 102 yards on 11 of 22 passes 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 have their bye on November 6 and play Green Bay Packers in Nov 13.

“Obviously it’s not what you want to hear, but it’s not the worst thing that’s happened to me,” Prescott said. “Yeah, it’s just another bump in the road and I’ll keep pushing forward. Like I said, I’ll do everything I can control to get back in shape and help this team.”

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