The Cowboys offense stumbled around itself for nearly the entirety of Sunday night’s opener contrary to the Buccaneers, despite having Dak Prescott at quarterback. However, not even Prescott could survive the evening working alongside replacement blockers and receivers, exiting Dallas’ 19-3 loss with about six minutes left after taking several hits to his throwing hand. Not merely did Prescott not return, with backup Cooper Rush finishing the overall game under center, but he will not be designed for additional games. Team owner Jerry Jones told reporters afterward that Prescott will demand surgery for a hand fracture and miss multiple weeks.
The QB’s made by hand connection with Bucs defenders on multiple plays in the next half, including on a follow-through that hit pass rusher Shaq Barrett. He was evaluated by team physician Dan Cooper, per ProFootballTalk, before leaving for working out room, where he underwent X-rays. Officially, per Jerry Jones, the injury occurred above the thumb and behind the joint of Prescott’s throwing hand.
“I thought it had been a jammed finger,” Prescott told reporters following the game, “but I couldn’t grip the ball. I was told it had been (a) much cleaner (break) than it could’ve been. … Obviously it isn’t everything you wanna hear. It isn’t the worst thing that’s happened certainly to me. It’s yet another bump in the street, and I’ll excersice forward. … Let’s not panic. It’s one game.”
Prescott arrived to Sunday’s Week 1 matchup fresh off the injury report after hurting his ankle earlier in the week, and his late-game departure came per year after his noted return from both ankle and shoulder injuries prior to the 2021 season. Cowboys coach Mike McCarthy talked early this offseason about utilizing Prescott’s legs more in 2022, with the QB finally healthy, nonetheless it works out the Pro Bowler wasn’t even in a position to set up a passing rhythm against Tampa Bay. Behind a makeshift line featuring rookie Tyler Smith at left tackle, he was sacked twice, hit plenty more and finished just 14 of 29 throwing before his exit.