Cowboys' Dak Prescott reportedly out 6-8 weeks, has surgery after suffering hand injury

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Dak Prescott will miss multiple weeks after suffering a hand injury that required surgery, Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said Sunday night after his team suffered a 19-3 defeat to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

ESPN's Todd Archer later reported Prescott will miss 6-8 weeks. He underwent surgery on Monday, according to multiple reports.

Jones told reporters postgame that Prescott needed surgery on a joint above the thumb on his throwing hand.

"Dak will be out for awhile," Jones said.

Dak Prescott of the Dallas Cowboys left Sunday's game early with a right hand injury. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)
Dak Prescott of the Dallas Cowboys left Sunday's game early with a right hand injury. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)

The Cowboys' medical staff told Prescott that he suffered a clean break, the quarterback said in a postgame news conference. A timeframe for his return was unclear as of Sunday night.

"Just another bump in the road," said Prescott, who missed 11 games in 2020 after suffering a compound fracture and dislocation to his right ankle, and one game last season due to a calf strain.

When a quarterback follows through on a throw, he's in danger of hitting a helmet or a defensive lineman's hand. It's a hazard of the job. It's unlucky to do it two straight times, and painful. Prescott had to leave Sunday night's game after hitting his right throwing hand on defensive linemen twice in the same fourth-quarter drive.

In the middle of the drive, Cooper Rush came on the field while Prescott went to the sideline. Prescott was looked at by athletic trainers and then jogged to the locker room.

It was an ugly night for the Cowboys' offense. Prescott couldn't get much going against Tampa. But losing a game lingers for just a week. A hand injury to Prescott was a much harsher blow.