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Dak Prescott, starting quarterback for the Dallas Cowboys, underwent surgery on Monday to correct an injury to the thumb of his right hand and will be out of action for nearly two months. According to the Cowboys report, the operation was successful.
The forecast for Prescott to be back in team control is between week 8 for the October 30 game against the Carolina Panthers and the week 10 game, on November 13, when Dallas will collide with the Green Bay Packers.
Prescott was injured Sunday in the final minutes of the fourth period. In the Cowboys’ 19-3 loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in week one of the 2022 NFL season.
The injury occurred on a play in which the quarterback threw the ball, and in the movement, his hand collided with the helmet of one of the Tampa Bay linemen; after that action, he could not hold the ball again because of the pain.
“They told me it was a cleaner break than it could have been. It’s not what you want to hear, but it’s not the worst thing that ever happened to me. It’s just a bump in the road, and I’ll move on. No need to panicPrescott said of his injury.
Lone Star squad coach Mike McCarthy explained what was wrong with the quarterback’s hand.
“It starts with the hand’s grip, and like all injuries, it will take time. Dak is our quarterback and our leader. This will be part of the challenge,” McCarthy stressed.
Given the loss, and as happened against the Buccaneers, Dallas will have to use No. 2 quarterback Cooper Rusha 28-year-old player drafted by the Cowboys in 2017.
Rush has barely played 10 games in six years, adding 424 yards through the air, three touchdowns, and an interception. On Sunday against the Bucs, he had 64 yards, completed 7 of 13 passes, and had two sacks.
Due to Cooper Rush’s little experience in the NFL, the Dallas Cowboys can resort to the free agent market or seek a trade with a team that has no problem negotiating their backup quarterback.
The San Francisco 49ers fit that bill. Coach Kyle Shanahan’s team starts with rookie Trey Lance; his backup is the experienced Jimmy Garoppolo, a possibility to fill in for Dak Prescott.