Dallas Cowboys Quarterback Dak Prescott has successfully completed surgery and is expected to be released from the hospital Monday after a gruesome ankle injury during Sunday afternoon's home game against the New York Giants, a Cowboys source confirmed to NBC 5 Sports.
In the moments after Prescott's season-ending injury, his running mate for all five of their seasons had a hard time getting through the post-game interview.
Ezekiel Elliott sounded crushed, even after backup Andy Dalton led a drive to Greg Zuerlein's second game-ending field goal of the season as the Cowboys rallied twice in a 37-34 victory over the winless New York Giants on Sunday.
"I can't even think right now," Elliott, the two-time rushing champion, said to no question in particular as he continued trying to absorb the third-quarter injury to Prescott, a two-time Pro Bowl quarterback who was the unheralded fourth-round pick the same year Elliott went fourth overall.
Prescott was going down in the arms of defensive back Logan Ryan at the end of a 9-yard run in the third quarter his lower right leg got caught under Ryan and appeared to snap.
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Prescott reached for the leg as he writhed in pain, and TV images showed his right foot bent at an awkward angle away from his leg. He was fighting back tears as he was carted off with a cast on the leg. Most of Prescott’s teammates rushed to greet him, as did several New York players, including Ryan.
The team said Prescott had a fracture dislocation of the right ankle and was taken to a hospital, where surgery was planned later in the day.
"It's hard to kind of put in words," Elliott, who rushed for 91 yards and two touchdowns, said in the middle of an answer about Dalton's role in the rally. "I'm sorry. I'm just struggling a little bit right now."
Tony Romo, who was the 10-year Dallas starter when he lost his job to Prescott after injuring his back in the 2016 preseason, was calling the game on CBS with Jim Nantz.
“That does not look good, Jim,” Romo said.
It wasn’t any easier for his teammates, with many of them looking distraught as Prescott was being treated.
Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones issued the following statement Sunday night.
Prescott's brother, Tad, tweeted a picture of Dak on Sunday afternoon with the caption, "God is good, and he'll be back STRONGER than ever."
"I feel terrible for him," first-year coach Mike McCarthy said. "He was having a tremendous year in the 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 all part of his great story."
It was the first game at the home of the Cowboys for former coach Jason Garrett, the Giants’ offensive coordinator who was replaced by McCarthy in Dallas after the Cowboys missed the playoffs amid high expectations last season.