Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott was carted off the field after suffering a horrific right ankle injury during Sunday’s game against the New York Giants. As Prescott remained on the field after the play, his teammates were clearly distraught.
The reactions to Dak’s injury.— Complex Sports (@ComplexSports) October 11, 2020
Prayers up for Dak. 💔 pic.twitter.com/LgSqk5Tq2W
Giants offensive coordinator and former Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett went to check on Dak, and put his arm around current Dallas head coach Mike McCarthy.
Jason Garrett coming out to check on Dak pic.twitter.com/5fmd5IvgWU— Stu Motown #BlackLivesMatter (@cjzero) October 11, 2020
As he was being carted off, a teary Prescott raised his fist to the Dallas fans in attendance.
Prescott will undergo ankle surgery tonight, per ESPN's Adam Schefter.
Cowboys’ QB Dak Prescott is undergoing ankle surgery tonight, sources tell @mortreport and me.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) October 11, 2020
Prescott was playing at a historic level this season, throwing for 1,690 yards in his first four games. He was on pace to finish with 6,760 yards, which would’ve shattered the record for most passing yards in a season (5,477) set by Peyton Manning in 2013. After the injury, there was an outpouring of love and well wishes on social media for the Cowboys QB.
Man, I'm devastated for Dak. Special player, special person. Rooting for him in every respect. 💙— Mallory Rubin (@MalloryRubin) October 11, 2020
absolutely hate what happened to Dak on so many levels, feel for him— Tunde St. Matthew-Daniel (@ProducerTD) October 11, 2020
Oh no Dak crying broke my heart.— Megan Gailey (@megangailey) October 11, 2020
Damn. I don’t even have the words. Just hope Dak is ok. 🙏🏽— Joy Taylor (@JoyTaylorTalks) October 11, 2020
Devastated for @dak - one of the truly great people in the NFL— Troy Aikman (@TroyAikman) October 11, 2020
Record books aside, Prescott was competing for a contract extension after playing through a second straight franchise tag.
#Cowboys QB Dak Prescott suffered what I believe to be an unstable fracture. He will need surgery. Dak’s season is done but it is not career threatening. Sad for one of great QBs in the league and in the contract situation he is in.— Mario Pilato (@mario_pilato) October 11, 2020
That is why players want a long term deal... tomorrow is not promised. Damn Dak... 🤦🏽♂️— Steven J Warren (@Steve_Warren96) October 11, 2020
All you people expressing sympathy for Dak keep this same energy whenever a player holds out for a better deal. This is why they do it. Their seasons, their careers, can end in an instant.— mike freeman (@mikefreemanNFL) October 11, 2020
Dak exceeded expectations his whole career, in line for a nice big extension, then something like that happens.— Joe McManus (@McManusDesign) October 11, 2020
I don’t care what team you’re on, don’t want to see this stuff happen to anyone.
Next time you call a player selfish for wanting a big contract before the season, think of Dak.— Cabot Phillips (@cabot_phillips) October 11, 2020
It's not selfish to get paid while they can. Their career could end on any play.
Some are lamenting Dak not signing a long-term contract. The real issue is the restriction that truly kept that from happening: the Franchise Tag. Powerful team weapon. #DakPrescott— Andrew Brandt (@AndrewBrandt) October 11, 2020
Dake Prescott's broter, Tad Prescott, was by his side at the hospital.
"God is good, and he’ll be back STRONGER than ever. I FUCKING guarante3 IT.," he wrote on Twitter.
Meanwhile, on Sunday Night Football, Tony Dungy had an odd take about Prescott's injury.
Tony Dungy says on NBC that Dak's injury might be a "blessing in disguise" because the Cowboys will get back to their identity of running the ball first and foremost.— Aaron Schatz 🏈 (@FO_ASchatz) October 12, 2020
Yeah. I don't think that's a blessing in disguise, especially with the current offensive line.
Prayers up, Dak.