Dak Prescott Carted Off With Ankle Injury

Well that was awful to see. Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott had to be carted off with an ankle injury in the third quarter of their game against the Giants. The team quickly announced that he had been transported to a local hospital for further evaluation. Prescott will undergo surgery on the ankle tonight, sources told Adam Schefter of ESPN.com (Twitter link). The specific injury is a right ankle compound fracture with dislocation, Jane Slate of NFL Network tweets.

It looked gruesome, as Prescott’s ankle appeared to snap and his foot was temporarily pointed in the wrong direction. It’s obviously impossible to say for sure right now, but it certainly looked like Prescott’s season could be over. If that’s the case, needless to say it’s a brutal blow to a Dallas team that had Super Bowl aspirations entering the year. It would be even more devastating for Prescott personally, since he’s currently without any long-term financial security.

Prescott of course has been locked in a stalemate with Cowboys management, and is set to become a free agent at the end of the year. In line for a massive extension, hopefully this doesn’t end up hurting his market value too much. Andy Dalton came on in relief, and it looks like he’ll be leading the offense moving forward.

Things were already off to a bad start for the Mike McCarthy era as the Cowboys limped out to a 1-3 record, and Prescott’s heroics were the only things keeping them in games. The defense had been a dumpster fire, but Prescott had at least 450 yards in each of their past three games.

Dallas is lucky to have a competent backup in Dalton who has loads of starting experience, but it’s hard to understate the impact of this loss. Prescott had never missed a game due to injury since taking over for Tony Romo, a streak that will certainly be snapped now.

If Prescott is indeed forced to miss the rest of the year, what the Cowboys do this offseason will be fascinating to watch. Owner Jerry Jones had already seemed reluctant to back up the brinks truck for his young signal-caller, and who knows how he’ll feel about it now.

We heard just a few weeks ago that Prescott had been set to accept the team’s offer of $35MM annually, but negotiations broke down over a disputed provision about franchise tags. In that same report we heard Prescott was expecting to land north of $40MM this offseason. If Dallas elects to franchise Prescott for the second consecutive year this spring, they’ll have to pay him around $38MM.

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  1. rtr1redrockets

    the offer the boys made to him b4 the season is looking good to him now!

    • the kutch

      Washington Fan….This is just horrible for our game….Best of luck in your surgery and recovery, Dak….Tough ass competitor, and seems like he’s a good dude…God Bless….

  2. skrockij89

    They will resign him at a much lower rate now. He still the guy for Dallas.

    • jjleavelle

      If he’s one of Jerry’s boys, he’ll give him the same amount of money. Might be structured differently (incentives, years, etc.) but the money will be there.

  3. ron swanson

    If he can show he’s healthy before next season they’re going to tag him again or he’ll sign a massive deal on the free agent market. Look what Cousins got, Dak is for sure better than him. I don’t think this injury affects his payday too much.

    • harden-westbrook-mvps

      Are you serious? Dallas is going to use a franchise tag close to $38M on a guy coming off a season-ending injury? His payday went down not just by a few million, but by tens of millions. He might get a short-term deal at a decent rate, but no way will Dallas or any other team give Dak anything close to the 4-year, $156M deal that Watson got from Houston. Not a chance.

  4. crosseyedlemon

    I thought Mannish Mehta would be reporting a Darnold for Dak trade by now.

  5. OCTraveler

    Would Jerry make a play for Dwayne Haskins? Any other possible acquisitions?

    • jimmyduz0523

      philly and DC fan… thank you for showing great class. for the 1st time the people are being very classy on this app. get well dak. and Noway Haskins comes her. Dalton is better then that scrub Haskins.

  6. DarkSide830

    whew that looked bad. kudos to Dallas for getting a solid backup as insurance though

  7. phillyvseverybody

    Speedy recovery Dak. No matter how much I hate those stupid Cowboys, I don’t wish that injury on anyone.

  8. ahale224

    That’s likely this season and next. The fact that they’re doing surgery tonight means the bone came through the skin.

    • jessethegreat

      Actually it’s a good sign if they’re doing surgery tonight.. typically doctors tend to wait until the swelling goes down before surgery. – I waited almost 2 weeks in an air cast with my fibula break when I was in the army because the swelling was so bad. My employer just dealt with the same wait for swelling to go down when he broke his metatarsals.

      Obviously it’s a bad deal any way you slice it, but Dak is going to receive world class medical care and he’s got the drive and determination to get back to where he was.

  9. 2012orioles

    Is this injury as serious as an Alex smith type injury? Brutal injury either way. Prayers out to Dax!

    • compassrose

      I wouldn’t think so Smith’s leg shattered and they had multiple repairs to do on it. If you haven’t seen it there is a 30 for 30 on ESPN about it. They take him to Army Drs because it was the same type injury you would get stepping on an IED. It was ugly to see it and the Xrays liked bad.

      To me it looked higher up it could be the break is above the ankle and is in pieces like Smith’s. Maybe they wanted to get to it before it started moving a lot. So much speculation.

      Not a Dak fan he is a decent QB but gets more attention because he plays on the team most Americans hate. In all seriousness hope he has a great recovery and can make it back. Will be interesting to see how Jerry reacts to this. Will he use it as a bargaining chip? Also if he can’t play next year does he sign him to a one year deal does he let him walk? Interesting times for the Joneses.

      • harden-westbrook-mvps

        Jerry Jones just saved himself millions of dollars next year.

  10. phillyballers

    Should have taken the guaranteed money. Hindsight is not 20-20, history repeats itself more often than not. The reality of this game is you’re always 1 hit away from ending your career. It’s dubbed the Not For Long league for a reason. From a humanistic standpoint hope he recovers fully bc he seems like a really good dude and hes gone through a lot of personal loss, but from a business standpoint a lot of money will have been left on the table if he isn’t the same player. Cowboys probably will not tag him, too much of the cap tied into that type of risk and hell have to take some prove it deal – could look like Teddy Bridgewater’s path back. Alex Smith was already under contract, and a ridiculous dead cap. Only reason they stuck with him.

    • Oooof

      A whole lot of what you just said is wrong. Hindsight is 20-20. If he’d stayed healthy and driven his price up, you’d be lauding his bet on himself. And this isn’t like Bridgewater or Smith’s injuries, which were wildly serious. He’s also proven more in his career so far than Bridgewater had.

      • harden-westbrook-mvps

        How was he going to drive his price up? He’ll never be Mahomes.

        Dallas is terrible, even with him healthy. Jerry Jones is too smart to overpay a guy like Dak, who would have taken the huge deal he was offered if he was smart instead of being greedy.

  11. emac22

    At least there’ll be money to pay all the other players on the team now.

    • Oooof

      Call me crazy, but I feel like paying the running back too much money and paying the linebacker who’s forgotten how to play were more problematic.

  12. case7187

    Bet he wishes he signed one of this many contracts he was offered even without this injury ( hope it’s not as bad as it looks) with the season him and the team is having it didn’t look good on or for him

  13. Dtownwarrior78

    Was very brutal to see and ironic AF that it happened on the very day that Alex Smith makes a heroic comeback. Weird how stuff happens that way for sure. But I have a feeling that the Red Rocket may end up playing well in Dallas. And if not, perhaps a trade for Matt Stafford? He’s a Texas guy I believe and the Lions are bout to blow stuff up again and rebuild AGAIN. But regardless, here’s to a quick recovery Dak!

  14. 3Tavgreg

    If the Jets get the #1 pick and take Lawrence, they’ll take a number 2 round pick for Darnell. Do that and let Dak walk.

    • Oooof

      Darnold hasn’t proven he’s even a solid starter and he’s on the verge of getting expensive. This makes no sense.

    • wagner13

      Why is everybody discounting Andy Dalton? Sure, he’s not an elite starter, but he is a dependable regular season quarterback that can definitely hold the fort in Dak’s absence. He will have elite offensive weapons to work with and I see zero statistical evidence to suggest Darnold would be an upgrade. Factor in that Sam would cost some draft compensation as well, and Dallas would be better off standing pat

      • Mikel Grady

        Dalton will throw for 300yds 3 td a game . Cooper Gallup and lamb don’t get enough credit . Dalton threw game winning deep ball to Gallup to set up field goal . Haven’t seen that throw since romo Bryant days

  15. Oneofthesedays

    Financial security? I’d venture to say he could retire today and not live in poverty who writes this sh*t. That being said hope ya heal up strong and quick Dak them Boys surely need ya

    • mlbnyyfan

      Hopefully Dalton shows his worth and shows the Cowboys they don’t need to pay Dak 40+ a year. Pay Dalton 12-15 a year and the savings revamp the entire defense

  16. Sponge

    You know, Andy Dalton is a damn fine QB. I think the Cowboys are in good hands, unfortunately.

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