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Dak Prescott Undergoes Surgery, Set To Be Released From Hospital Monday

Prescott was injured in the third quarter

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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.

Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott is carted off the field after injuring his right ankle against the New York Giants at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas on Sunday, Oct. 11, 2020.
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Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott is carted off the field after injuring his right ankle against the New York Giants at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas on Sunday, Oct. 11, 2020.

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.

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.

Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott suffered a compound fracture in his right ankle that will require surgery. NBC 5 Sports’ Pat Doney and Paul Jones discuss what it means for Prescott and the Cowboys moving forward.

"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.

Dallas Cowboys teammates react after quarterback Dak Prescott was injured Sunday, Oct. 11, 2020 against the New York Giants at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas.
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Dallas Cowboys teammates react after quarterback Dak Prescott was injured Sunday, Oct. 11, 2020 against the New York Giants at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas.

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.

We are all heartbroken for Dak and this very disappointing injury. The outpouring of messages that I have received regarding his setback speaks volumes to the respect and admiration that he has earned from his teammates, former Cowboys players and Cowboys supporters everywhere. I know this young man very well. I know the personal hardship and strife that he has faced, dealt with and overcome in his young life. And I know of no one who is more prepared, from the perspective of mental and emotional toughness and determination, than Dak Prescott to respond and recover from this challenge that has been put in front of him. He is an inspiration to everyone he touches. He has all of our love and support. And we have no doubt that he will return to the position of leadership and purpose that he brings to our team.

Jerry Jones

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."

Via @86Prescott on Twitter

"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."

After the injury, support for Prescott poured in from around the league.

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.

Orthopedic surgeon Dr. Keith Heier serves as the foot and ankle specialist for FC Dallas and the University of North Texas. While he is not treating Dak Prescott’s, he joined NBC 5 Sunday night to discuss what he saw on video and what the prognosis could be.
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