The Dallas Cowboys Week 1 game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers has been nothing short of frustrating. Connor McGovern left early with an injury. Penalties continued to fly. The offense could not seem to make anything happen.
To make matters even worse, with just under seven minutes left in the fourth quarter, Cowboys QB Dak Prescott exited the game with an apparent hand injury. Two separate times in the drive, Bucs LB Shaq Barrett was trying to deflect Prescott’s pass, and the two collided.
In the slow-mo replay, you can see that No. 4’s fingers certainly get bent the wrong way. After the second collision, Dak walked off the field and was clenching his fingers. He spoke to someone from the medical staff and made his way to the locker room shortly.
Backup quarterback Cooper Rush was in on the next play and Prescott did not return. NBC’s Melissa Stark later reported that the Cowboys QB was questionable to return and get X-rays in the locker room.
Dak Prescott’s hand injury will require surgery, Cowboys QB will be out several weeks
The bad news got worse. Shortly after the game, Cowboys owner Jerry Jones informed reporters that the quarterback will need surgery for an injury to the joint above the thumb of his right hand.
The quarterback is expected to be out for several weeks. For a quarterback who was finally excited to come back fully healthy, this is devastating news. We wish Prescott a speedy recovery.