Cowboys Owner Jerry Jones Says Dak Prescott Will Not Be Placed On Injured Reserve

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Cowboys Owner and General Manager Jerry Jones reported on Tuesday that starting Quarterback Dak Prescott will not be placed on the injured reserve list after having surgery on his right thumb. When speaking on 105.3 The Fan, Jones said that he wants Prescott to be a “consideration” to potentially play within the next four games.

Jones continued on to say that the report after the surgery was more favorable than expected, and that they “don’t want to not have him out there practicing.”

“If we thought he wasn’t going to be ready to go until after four games, we would put him on IR. We’re not doing that. We think he can come in and play, so we don’t want to not have him out there practicing. We want him getting prepared and we’ll see how he handles this thing, how it heals, mainly his strength, how he can grip the ball, [will determine] what his status is. That’s not [being] an optimist. The proof is that we got a good surgery, got good technique and feel better about it than we did Sunday night.”

After a blowout 19-3 loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Sunday Night, Cowboys Quarterback Dak Prescott told media that he will be having surgery on his right thumb. Prescott suffered the right thumb injury when Bucs pass-rusher Shaq Barrett hit his hand for the second time on Sunday. According to league sources, Prescott was initially expected to miss 6-8 weeks. Prescott was reportedly expected to go on the injured reserve list and that a potential return could be November 13th when they play the Green Bay Packers.

ESPN’s Todd Archer reports that Prescott will meet with the Cowboys’ hand specialist, but will have a pin and plate inserted into the thumb in order to stabilize the joint. Prescott’s initial belief was that he thought he had simply jammed his thumb, rather than it being seriously injured. X-Rays conducted in the locker room proved the opposite to be true, showing a fracture. Prescott also said that the injury “was much cleaner than it could have been,” but expressed disappointment when it became clear that he was going to miss games.

“It’s very disappointing, but injuries happen, can’t necessarily control it, just unfortunate. Obviously going to miss some time, not be there for my team and that’s what hurts more than anything, especially after the start we just put out there. Wanted to be able to respond, and not necessarily having that opportunity for several weeks, yeah it’s unfortunate. But I’ll do what I’ve always done any time adversity comes, take it on head-first and give my best and I’m sure I’ll come out of this thing better.”

The Prescott-led offense did not score a single touchdown in the season-opener against the Bucs, which marks the first time any opposing defense has managed to do that since 2001. With wide receiver Michael Gallup injured, the off-season trade of wide receiver Amari Cooper to the Cleveland Browns and the loss of wide receiver Cedric Wilson to free agency, Prescott struggled considerably against the Bucs defense. Prescott went 14 of 29, 134 passing yards, 1 INT and was sacked twice. The only other time Prescott was held to less than 6 points was against the New Orleans Saints in week 3 of the 2019 season.

Despite the setback, Prescott is determined to “keep moving forward” and says he will do everything he can within his control to get back onto the field and help the Cowboys offense.

“Obviously it’s not what you want to hear, but it’s not the worst thing that’s happened to me,” Prescott said. “Yeah, it’s just another bump in the road and I’ll keep moving forward. As I said I’ll do everything that I can that I can control to get myself back, get myself better and help this team.”

The quarterback signed a four-year, $160 million contract worth up to $164 million through incentives in March 2021. The deal has $126 million in guaranteed money, which includes $95 million fully guaranteed at the time of signing.

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