NFC East: Cowboys QB Dak Prescott to undergo surgery on throwing hand; expected to miss 6-8 weeks
The bad news for the Dallas Cowboys has been abundant over the past few weeks.
First, Dallas lost their Pro Bowl left tackle Tyron Smith for most of the season to a hamstring injury sustained during camp. Now, it appears the Cowboys will be without their franchise quarterback for the foreseeable future.
Following the team’s 19-3 loss at the hands of Tom Brady and Tampa Bay Sunday night, Dak told the media that he’s expected to have surgery on his right thumb Monday after injuring it in the fourth quarter of Sunday’s contest.
Per ESPN, the Cowboys signal caller is expected to miss between 6-8 weeks and will likely be placed on injured reserve until he recovers.
Adam Schefter’s report on Cowboys QB Dak Prescott:
With Dak sidelined, Dallas will turn to 28-year-old Cooper Rush to run the offense. In his 16 snaps Sunday night, Rush went 7-for-13 for 64 yards while posting a passer rating of 67.5.
Rush has made one start in his six-year career, last season in a Week 8 victory over the Minnesota Vikings. The backup went 24-for-40 for 325 yards while tossing two touchdowns along with one interception, helping Dallas squeak out a 20-16 win.
Even if Rush manages to weather the storm over the next two months, Dallas looks like a team in disarray after Week 1.
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The Prescott-led Cowboys only accumulated 244 yards of total offense against Tampa. Granted, Todd Bowles’ defensive unit figures to be one of the best in the NFL this season, but 244 total yards and just three points is still a disappointment.
With Rush in the lineup moving forward, Dallas will likely rely on their rushing attack to pave the way. Although Ezekiel Elliot didn’t see the volume he’s used to, he made the most out of his 10 rushing attempt, racking up 52 yards on the ground (5.2 YPC).
With every other NFC East team earning victories in Week 1, Dallas is already in a hole. Heading into a Week 2 matchup with the defending AFC champion Cincinnati Bengals without their starting quarterback, that hole could get a whole lot deeper.
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