Dak Prescott has compound fracture dislocation of his right ankle

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The Cowboys announced Dak Prescott has a right ankle compound fracture dislocation.

“He was treated with a sterile dressing and then left for the hospital,” Cowboys spokesman Rich Dalrymple said. “He will undergo surgery to wash out the wound and fix the fracture.”

The injury turned out to be as gruesome as it looked, with the bone coming through the skin. That makes it a high-risk injury for Prescott, who is playing this season under the $31.4 million franchise tag.

“You knew right away it was serious,” Cowboys coach Mike McCarthy said. “I feel terrible for him. He was having a tremendous year in just a short time working with him. He’s made such an impression on me, and he’s clearly the leader of this football team. I have no doubt that he’ll bounce back from this and this will be a part of his great story. This will just be another chapter in a great story. He’s a fine young man and an outstanding quarterback.”

Prescott, who was leading the league with 1,690 yards, was injured in the third quarter on a 9-yard scramble during a tackle by Logan Ryan. He was carted off the field in tears and transported to the hospital for immediate surgery.

Prescott’s brother, Tad, posted a photo of a smiling Dak at the hospital: “God is good, and he’ll be back STRONGER than ever. I (expletive) guarante3 IT. Let’s go @dak continue to walk by #FAITH & I’ll make sure you continue to #FIGHT”

Andy Dalton replaced Prescott and led the Cowboys to a dramatic 37-34 victory on the final play of the game.

“You absolutely hate it for Dak,” Dalton said. “The way that he was playing this year, and everything he’s put into it, I hate to see that for him. It’s emotional. You hate that injuries happen in this game. Unfortunately, they’re part of it. Definitely praying for him. This has been a lot of fun to be around him ever since I got here, just to see how he works, see how he prepares. You could see it just in the way he was playing this year. I absolutely hate it for him.”

McCarthy also expressed fear for defensive tackle Trysten Hill, calling Hill’s knee injury “serious.” The Cowboys announced Hill has a right knee sprain but will undergo an MRI on Monday to determine the extent.

69 responses to “Dak Prescott has compound fracture dislocation of his right ankle

  1. It could be 2 years before he sees the field again.

    Awful to see a good young player have to deal with this.

  2. Dak was so high on pain killers during that pic m shocked people are pretending that he is in good spirits. The guy passed on at least 180 million guaranteed for injury for 31 million.

    If Dak is smart 31 million is more than enough to survive on. His brother should be the one frowning in the pic. The honey pot just got a lot smaller.

  3. If nothing else MM learned that havin* a decent backup around isn’t a bad idea. Remember, he kept Huntley over Tayson, Hill

  4. It really couldn’t happen to a better fan base, All kidding aside though this is awesome

  5. An opioid buzz doesn’t give you high spirits. That comes from the heart. He will be okay. Best wishes to him

  6. Another case for holding out for security when franchise tagged. Long term deal he wanted is over. And before somebody goes, “well he bet on himself,” name another sport, heck any other job (other the military and that’s under specific circumstances), that can guarantee rights to your services for a year, forcing you to either show up or sit out a year as you can’t explore the open market and they were able to avoid finalizing negotiations.

    Just because they’re still receiving millions and it’s a sport doesn’t make it acceptable. Still a job at the end of the day.

  7. It really couldn’t happen to a better fan base, All kidding aside though this is awesome
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    You can just tell some people are miserable bastards…

  8. MAN..HATE to see ANY PLAYER get hurt…but especially a young player on their way up!

    I wish you a speedy recovery Dak!

  9. I am shedding now tears for Dakota. He milked his greed for all it was worth and failed to improve as a QB while running and running with reckless abandon during the years before this one. He is paying the karma payback for not putting in the work it would take to be an elite QB. He will always be a running back who can throw. But he’ll never now be a QB you can build around.

    Dalton looked good in this game. But we all know Andrew. He will soon be exposed and the Dallas football team will fall flat on its face. And Jerruh’s face lift(s) will collapse in a tsunami of old man flabs.

  10. Also (and as much as I despise mentioning the business aspect of pro football) I can’t help but be curious as to what this might mean for Dak in the offseason. I don’t believe that Dallas would be foolish enough to let him walk but I also don’t believe they’d overpay him short of Dallas’s O crashing hard with Dalton at the helm.

  11. The Cowboys signed Dalton believing there was a chance Dak would not play this year due to the contract dispute.

    And here we are under only slightly different circumstances.

    Dallas can easily win that division with Dalton. And that means playoffs and that means they have a shot.

  12. Same injury as Alex Smith He almost lost his leg Might not be the same player.He has a long and painful recovery

  13. Best wishes for Dak. People saw the success that Kirk had with the Franchise tag, and thought it would be an automatic win for Dak. Unfortunately Dak bet on himself and lost. From the numbers it was never a good bet. Dallas reportedly offered a 5year $180M contract.

    If it was about the 5 year vs 4 year. Dallas Franchises Dak this year(31M), then offers a 4/$150M year contract next year. Dallas still gets their 5 years.

    If it was about making 200M vs 180M… signing the franchise tag means Dak bet $149M to win an extra $20M. That just not a good bet.

    I hope he recovers and returns to form, but its not on Jerry to “take care” of Dak financially. That was his agents job and Daks agent cost him.

  14. formerfan says:
    October 11, 2020 at 8:52 pm
    I am shedding now tears for Dakota. He milked his greed for all it was worth and failed to improve as a QB while running and running with reckless abandon during the years before this one. He is paying the karma payback for not putting in the work it would take to be an elite QB. He will always be a running back who can throw. But he’ll never now be a QB you can build around.

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    Apparently you have not been watching this season. I’m pretty sure going into today Dak had the most passing yards in the league

  15. Best wishes for Dak. Wish he would have signed the longer term offer though. Nice to see Alex Smith back after 17 surgeries. Hopefully Dak’s injury isn’t as bad.

  16. I would not be surprised if Jerry would offer a 4 year 60 million dollar deal with half guarantee. And before all the haters come out, it is a business. When you play the game of Thrones, yiu either win or die. If goes the same path as Teddy Bridgewater, I think it would benefit him exponentially

  17. dang good luck. seems like a good dude. crazy he went out with the same injury smith just made his first start after recovering from.

  18. Most terrible news. Anytime bone pierces skin, it’s a serious injury.

    I remember way back when Lawrence Taylor sacked Joe Theismann and broke his thigh. It was the most gruesome injury I’ve ever seen. The femur sticking out, blood all over the field. Theismann never played again. In fact, he lost inches off his leg after surgery and walked with a limp for the rest of his life.

    Prescott was having a phenomenal year. Most yards passing by any quarterback in NFL history through the first four games, he was playing his mind out for a long-term contract. Now he’s out for the season.

    But that’s what happens to running quarterbacks. They seldom win and always get injured.

    Injuries are part of the game, I get that. But this was a horrible play call. When you’ve lost your starting right and left tackles, and your center, you don’t call a quarterback draw play. Now you’ve lost your quarterback.

    These Cowboys can find a way of losing by winning. Dalton is a decent backup (he did win, coming off the bench), but he has a frightful year ahead of him. The offensive line is decimated, who would want to play behind that, given the poor play calling?

    Dalton may win a game or two, but how long will he survive without protection?

    I’m not seeing a bright future for these Cowboys.

  19. Dak has injury insurance I’m sure. He may be slightly worse off than if he had taken the Dallas offer, but he’ll make probably half of what they offered plus his $31 million fully guaranteed for this season regardless of how it all turns out for him health wise. I think he and his family would be just fine living off of $100+ million even if he never steps foot on a field again. That said, don’t think there aren’t a few teams that would happily give him a shot even if it means a fairly expensive price tag (Teddy Bridgewater signed for 3 years $63 million after a similarly gruesome injury and he had a lot less impressive film than Dak has).

  20. orivar says:
    October 11, 2020 at 8:46 pm

    Another case for holding out for security when franchise tagged.

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    You have it a bit backwards. He turned down a $33 mil/yr, 4-year contract *twice* and then held out, and then played on the franchise tag.

    He put all his chips on getting not just a lucrative contract, not just a contract that far outstripped his actual achievements, but the biggest contract for any QB.

    He could have signed a mega contract 2 years ago. Sometimes this is how the chips fall.

    I hope he recovers fully. Looks like a hard road to getting back to what he was already offered.

  21. Man that was rough, and he was having a great year. Dak I wish you the best of health and a speedy recovery. ‘Boys fans: Andy ain’t no lifetime professional clipboard holder. You got a chance.

  22. At the end of the day its not about money or if you like him or not. Its about somebody suffering a horrific injury. As a Cowboy fan i could care less. Good luck Dak. To all the haters who are enjoying this great. Enjoy the nonent.All teams are 1 play away from this.

  23. I’m not mad that Dalton gets a shot. I cant wait to see with a better offense.. though half the Dallas offense is missing due to injury

  24. The Pack fired MM years too late. Now his poor play calling was a big part of this injury. So glad to be rid of MM.

  25. Shame. I hate the Cowboys but that’s a shame, I don’t want to see anybody get hurt, especially like that. Best of luck to dak on his recovery, hopefully he’s able to make a full one. I didn’t think the NFC East could get weaker but it just happened

  26. Anybody cheering for this is pathetic. I don’t care who they root for, I’m an eagles fan & I hated seeing this. It’s not about football, it’s about a young man suffering a horrific injury. If you can’t separate from your fandom here, you’re not a real fan, you’re a piece of garbage.

    cowboys1993 says:
    October 11, 2020 at 10:20 pm
    At the end of the day its not about money or if you like him or not. Its about somebody suffering a horrific injury. As a Cowboy fan i could care less. Good luck Dak. To all the haters who are enjoying this great. Enjoy the nonent.All teams are 1 play away from this.

  27. I pray for dak and hope he gets well as soon as possible and returns to the field. However my mind is crossing between he will be back like alex smith (in more than a year) or be done like joe theisman but i hate to see this happen. praying for u dak. cowboy fans it could be worse than having dalton…..you could have wentz. i kid i kid

  28. I don’t like to see anybody get injured, but it’s a broken ankle. He’ll be fine. Some of you seem to think he’s dying. Also, acting like the franchise tag is sooo bad. He’s getting paid 31 million this year and some of you are like he will never recover from this financially.

  29. I was just thinking earlier today, “Teddy Two Gloves has almost 300 in the first half, Alex Smith is wearing Aaron Donald like a backpack and he’s fine, today is a good day for modern sports medicine.”

    And then Dak happened. But just as Bridgewater and Smith proved, this is no longer guaranteed to be a career ending injury. Best of luck Dak.

  30. Mad respect for Jason Garrett coming over to check on the kid and offering some encouraging words.

  31. Nothing like mixing vulgarity and a deity in the same tweet. Pretty sure divine beings don’t care about football.

  32. Not a Cowboys fan by any means (Eagles fan), but as a fan of football and rivalry I hate to see this. Hope he can play again comfortably and confidently if he chooses to. After this season he is not getting any big contract. He will probably get like a 2-3yr prove it deal where both have an out. It sucks at that position with an owner who was likely going to give a large part of the farm away if it weren’t for COVID and the questionable cap next year etc. I do hope that Jerry ties up a TON in Dak after the season in hopes of a great future…

  33. I was watching on The Red Zone, and as the play was unfolding you could see that his ankle was damaged seriously!

  34. Running qb’s always get hurt. And it’s usually a fluke injury. And if anyone thinks Jeruh is gonna take care of him if he can’t play, wrong answer. The next time he has any loyalty to his injured players will be the first time

  35. The Cowboys signed Dalton believing there was a chance Dak would not play this year due to the contract dispute.

    And here we are under only slightly different circumstances.

    Dallas can easily win that division with Dalton. And that means playoffs and that means they have a shot.

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    Seriously? Eagles beat the 49ers and gave the steelers all they could handle till the last 3 minutes. Eagles are winning this sad division.

  36. Terrible injury. Dak was a stat machine this year, but let’s face it. This team was going no where this year. They’re only relevant because the NFC Least is so bad.

  37. I never begrudge anyone trying to get the most amount of money someone will pay them. People say that it says something about his character….

    All I know is this. I watched him on Week 4 Mic’ed Up and the dude is just a flat out leader. He coaches his players up, he encourages them, he builds confidence in them, and he lets them know he needs them. I became a fan of Dak as a person on that day. He’s a solid leader.

    I feel awful about the injury but at the same time, just with the franchise tag alone he’s not going to be hurting for money. $30 million or $60 milion it reaches a point where there’s really no difference anymore. You’re rich.

  38. “If nothing else MM learned that havin* a decent backup around isn’t a bad idea. Remember, he kept Huntley over Tayson, Hill”

    First, McCarthy wasn’t the GM so he didn’t have the say over whether Taysom Hill was let go or not.

    Second, is this really such a notable mistake? Only in hindsight, since Brett Hundley hasn’t bloomed as a backup (though he is still in the league as a backup). Meanwhile Taysom Hill has been a good ST player and gadget for N.O. though with their skill position players, I’m not sure why you’d have him on the field to run or receive.

    Green Bay didn’t need a “gadget” player. And Hill couldn’t get through a single college season playing QB without getting injured and missing time. And he came into the league as a 27 year old player. I think I’d keep the young draft pick, too, knowing most QBs take some time to develop. And without the injury history.

  39. I just hope he doesn’t have infection issues like Smith. These are such bizarre injuries. I wish Dak would tape his ankles up as much as Brady does. Brady looks like he’s wearing casts on his ankles every game.

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