Cowboys Quarterback Prescott Out for 6-8 Weeks

Dak Prescott with the Cowboys in 2017
Dak Prescott with the Cowboys in 2017. Photo by Shane Roper/CSM/REX/Shutterstock

Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott injured his right thumb during his team’s season-opening 19-3 loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday night. He is expected to undergo surgery on his injured thumb which is expected to rule him out of action for between six to eight weeks.

During the fourth quarter of the game, Prescott’s thumb hit the hand of Buccaneers’ outside linebacker Shaq Barrett while throwing a pass. Expected to be fitted with a pin and plate in order to stabilize the area, Prescott is scheduled to meet with the Cowboys’ hand specialist on Monday.

Initially believed to have jammed his finger, Prescott underwent an X-ray following the game, which revealed a fracture. “I was told it was much cleaner than it could have been,” Prescott said while wearing a splint on his right hand.

Coach Mike McCarthy said that Prescott’s injury was serious, indicating that it would also prove challenging in terms of team selection. Cooper Rush is expected to be the Cowboys’ starting quarterback next week as they face the Cincinnati Bengals.

Prescott, who is 2-5 in season openers, has completed 14-of-29 passes for 134 yards in his career.