While playing the New York Giants on October 11, Dallas Cowboys’ quarterback Dak Prescott faced a severe leg injury. During the game’s third quarter, Prescott was tackled by Giants’ cornerback Logan Ryan while running to the 18-yard-line. The tackle caused Prescott’s leg to bend out of shape underneath him, creating a gruesome sight for viewers. As he was carted off the field, tears streaming down his face, Prescott said goodbye to a stadium of cheering fans.
According to the NFL, Prescott’s right ankle experienced a compound fracture and dislocation. He underwent surgery the night of his injury, and after a successful procedure, was released the following day. Prescott, unfortunately, will not fully recover in time to finish off the season – a shocking outcome, considering his perfect game attendance from the past four years. Prescott is expected to be back on the field in four to six months.
Prescott’s absence from the team is felt throughout the NFL. Players across the league have shown their support towards the Dallas quarterback, sending him positive messages and a smooth recovery.
“Been there @dak – Dr. Varner in Houston did my surgery [post-ankle tear in 2010] and recovered with no problems.
“You’ll be back,” former Philadelphia Eagles edge rusher Connor Barwin said in a Tweet.
Post-surgery, Prescott released a statement in an IGTV video titled “Everything has a Purpose!” The brief video provided an optimistic update for his fans.
“I just want everyone to know that I’m doing well, and I can’t thank you enough for all your love,” Prescott said. “This little adversity is just going to be another chapter in the book. I’m excited to move forward and write it.”
Unfortunately, even before Prescott’s injury, the Cowboys were delivering poor performances. Prescott’s substitute, Andy Dalton, makes the Cowboys’ season appear less promising. Dalton spent nine seasons as a quarterback for the Cincinnati Bengals, who have failed to win a playoff game since 1991.
On a more positive note, however, Dalton brought his former team to the playoffs five times between 2011 and 2019. Before Dalton was quarterback, the Bengals had made playoffs only twice between 1991 and 2010. Additionally, Dalton’s former teammates hold a high opinion of him.
“He’s a no-ego guy,” Andrew Hawkins, former Bengals wide receiver, said. “He gave guys the freedom to be themselves because he never put himself above any of us.”
Dalton may provide hope for the Dallas team, but he certainly can not compensate for their loss of Prescott. Although the injury of a quarterback is no easy burden to bear, the Cowboys must persevere on the field throughout the next few months. The team’s next opportunity to overcome their setbacks will take place this Sunday – when the Cowboys face off with the Philadelphia Eagles.