Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott suffered a compound fracture in his right ankle Sunday afternoon against the New York Giants. Prescott was taken off the field on a cart while in tears during the third quarter, and he’s expected to have surgery Sunday night to start repairing the break.
On a first down play just more than halfway through the third quarter, Prescott scrambled toward the first-down marker and was tackled after a 9-yard gain. Prescott immediately waved to his sideline that he needed help.
The Cowboys held a 24-23 lead over the Giants when the play occurred. Cowboys backup quarterback Andy Dalton, who signed with the team this offseason, came in to guide the offense. Dalton led the team to a touchdown and an eventual 37-34 win.
Social media sent their prayers toward Prescott, and here are some of them:
“Prayers for Dak” had tens of thousands of tweets within couple of hours of his injury.
Heading into this weekend, Prescott led all NFL quarterbacks in 2020 with 1,690 passing yards through four games. Next on that list is Tampa Bay’s Tom Brady with 1,375 yards. Prescott has thrown for nine touchdowns with just three interceptions this year, and he has a 102.6 passer rating. His 422 passing yards per game is by far the best in the NFL during 2020.
In Sunday’s game, he completed 14-of-21 passes for 166 yards and one interception. With 23 seconds remaining in the second quarter, Prescott was on the receiving end of a reverse pass from Cedrick Wilson. Prescott scored on the play, giving Dallas a 24-20 lead going into halftime.
Prescott was a fourth-round draft pick in 2016, and he became the Cowboys’ starting quarterback during his rookie season after Tony Romo was injured in the third preseason game. The Cowboys went 13-3 that season with Prescott.
This offseason, Prescott and the Cowboys could not come to an agreement for a long-term contract, but they did designate the quarterback as its franchisee player.
During this offseason, Prescott admitted he had depression that stemmed from COVID-19 and the loss of his brother.
Prescott’s brother, Jace, took his own life earlier this year. Prescott talked about a “depression” that began before Jace’s death. The Cowboys quarterback didn’t mention failed contract negotiations, but rather the “offseason” and “quarantine” during the COVID-19 pandemic.
“All throughout this quarantine and this offseason, I started experiencing emotions I’ve never felt before,” Prescott said during a CBS Sports interview. “Anxiety for the main one. And then, honestly, a couple of days before my brother passed, I would say I started experiencing depression. And to the point of, I didn’t want to work out anymore. I didn’t know necessarily what I was going through, to say the least, and hadn’t been sleeping at all.”
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