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Cowboys' Dak Prescott to Undergo Surgery on Thumb Injury; Will Miss 'Several Weeks'

Erin WalshSeptember 12, 2022

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Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott will undergo thumb surgery and miss "several weeks" after exiting Sunday's 19-3 loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers with an injury, team owner Jerry Jones told reporters.

ESPN's Todd Archer, citing multiple sources, reported that Prescott "is expected to miss 6-8 weeks and the injury will likely land him on injured reserve."

Jones told reporters that he was "disappointed" by the news, while head coach Mike McCarthy called it a "significant injury."

When Prescott addressed the media, he revealed that he thought he had only jammed his hand but was later told he had a fracture.

"I was told it was much cleaner than it could have been," Prescott told reporters.

And while he will be out for the foreseeable future, he noted this is just another setback.

"It’s not the worst thing that has happened to me," Prescott added. "It’s just a bump in the road, and I will keep moving forward."

Prescott—who was later listed as questionable to return—went 14-of-29 for 134 yards, zero touchdowns and one interception prior to exiting late in the fourth quarter.

He was replaced by backup Cooper Rush, who Jones suggested would fill in for Prescott.

"We’ll have to have Cooper step up," Jones told reporters after the game. "He’ll get all the reps, and we’ll go from there."

It's a tough blow for Prescott, who has battled a number of injuries over the last couple of seasons.

In 2020, he missed all but five games after fracturing his ankle. He appeared in 16 games during the 2021 campaign, but he dealt with a shoulder and calf ailment throughout the season.

Prescott had been limited during practice this week after a pair of cleats made his right ankle feel "uncomfortable," per Archer. Prescott did, however, promise that he felt "great" and was "good to go."

Dallas fell to 0-1 on the season with the loss.

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