Cowboys’ Dak Prescott needs thumb surgery, will be out several weeks

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Cowboys in Dallas Quarterback Dak Prescott will be out for several weeks, with team owner Jerry Jones saying he needs surgery on his right thumb.

Prescott came out of the game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the fourth quarter after making contact with linebacker Shaquille Barrett. The Cooper Rush backup will remain for the remainder of the game.

Jones said a fracture occurred near the thumb of the hand he received. To be more specific, it is above the thumb and behind the knuckle.

Dallas Cowboys’ Dallas Cowboys #4 Duck Prescott’s hand is examined by team surgeon Dr. Dan Cooper during the second half of a game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at AT&C’s Arena. T on September 11, 2022, in Arlington, Texas.
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There is no timeline for Prescott’s return yet.

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Prior to the injury, Prescott had been struggling to get anything to attack the Cowboys, who were only three points in the 19-3 loss to Tom Brady and the Bucks. There was some speculation that Prescott’s ankle was bothering him After he had to walk out of practice on Thursday, which he said was a precaution.

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Anthony Nelson #98 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers is said to be Duck Prescott #4 of the Dallas Cowboys during the second half on September 11, 2022, in Arlington, Texas.

Anthony Nelson #98 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers is said to be Duck Prescott #4 of the Dallas Cowboys during the second half on September 11, 2022, in Arlington, Texas.
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Regardless of the case, Prescott permits were not carried out with normal delivery. Because of that, Dallas stopped when they had the ball and posed no threat to Brady, who walked the field despite not finding the end zone on most drives.

Prescott finished the game with just 134 yards in 14-for-29 through the air without touchdowns.

This is a severe blow to the cowboys. In the fifth week of the 2020 season, Prescott broke his ankle against the New York Giants, leaving him inactive until the end of the season. The Cowboys would finish the remainder of that year 4-7.

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Prescott rebounded last season, though, throwing 37 touchdowns and 4,449 yards en route to No. 11-5 to secure a place in the playoff. But another injury He’ll sideline him again, and the Cowboys hope Rush can keep himself while Prescott is out.

Dallas Cowboys (4)' Duck Prescott goes out of the pocket in the first half of an NFL football game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Arlington, Texas, Sunday, September 11, 2022.

Dallas Cowboys (4)’ Duck Prescott goes out of the pocket in the first half of an NFL football game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Arlington, Texas, Sunday, September 11, 2022.
(AP Photo/Ron Jenkins)

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Rush has only one career start under his belt, and he came last season in Week 8 against him Minnesota Vikings. The Cowboys went on to win that game, 20-16, as Rush threw for 325 yards at 24 for 40 with two touchdowns and one interception.

Prescott was signed for four years, $160 million extension in 2021.