Unfortunately, it wasn’t just a nightmare. Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott will miss multiple weeks after injuring his hand in the Week 1 loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Shortly after the game, Cowboys owner Jerry Jones confirmed that his quarterback will need surgery, which he is expected to have on Monday.
Although Prescott initially told the media that he was unsure about his timeline, ESPN’s Todd Archer reported that multiple sources believe No. 4 will miss about 6-8 weeks.
Prescott injured his right thumb on Sunday night when his hand collided with Bucs LB Shaq Barrett’s hand while throwing a pass. When it first happened, the quarterback thought he just jammed his finger and didn’t believe it was anything serious. That narrative changed quickly when he headed to the locker room for X-rays.
The 28-year-old is meeting with a hand specialist on Monday, but Archer said sources told him he will have a pin and plate inserted into his fractured right hand to help stabilize the damaged joint.
Cowboys QB Dak Prescott to have hand surgery on Monday, expected to be out 6-8 weeks
At this point, adversity seems to follow Prescott wherever he goes. He has missed a total of 12 games in his last two seasons and is expected to miss around seven more this year.
The “good” news is that the medical staff allegedly told the Cowboys QB that the break was “much cleaner than it could have been.” The hope is that makes the surgery far less complicated and recovery a bit easier.
Prescott was excited to finally be back and healthy and lead this team to a great year. Sadly, he won’t get a chance to do so for quite some time. However, the 28-year-old is incredibly used to the challenges that come with this job.
The quarterback vowed to do everything he could to help his team move forward.
"“It’s very disappointing, but injuries happen, can’t necessarily control it, just unfortunate. Obviously going to miss some time, not be there for my team and that’s what hurts more than anything, especially after the start we just put out there. Wanted to be able to respond, and not necessarily having that opportunity for several weeks, yeah it’s unfortunate. But I’ll do what I’ve always done anytime adversity comes, take it on head-first and give my best and I’m sure I’ll come out of this thing better.Obviously, it’s not what you want to hear, but it’s not the worst thing that’s happened to me. Yeah, it’s just another bump in the road and I’ll keep moving forward. As I said I’ll do everything that I can control to get myself back to get myself better and help this team.” –Dak Prescott in his press conference"