Prescott may be out 6-8 weeks, headlines miserable night injury-wise for Cowboys

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Things went from bad to worse for the Dallas Cowboys last night. Not only did their offense, at least for a week, meet all of the negative expectations from the fan base as they struggled to get anything going in the passing game. They also lost several key players to injury and it looks like it could be for significant amounts of time for all of them.

Dallas suffered injuries to their offensive line first, then their secondary, and then midway through the fourth quarter lost a defensive lineman. On the very next drive the big one occurred with the game out of reach and the team desperately trying to create a rhythm they could build off of heading into next week’s game against the Cincinnati Bengals. The Cowboys lost their franchise quarterback, potentially for several months. Here’s a recap of all of the injury news from the club’s 19-3 loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

LG Connor McGovern: High-ankle sprain

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McGovern was injured on the opening drive, the seventh play of the game. Dallas had been moving the ball, as Ezekiel Elliott was powering his way through the Bucs defense with runs of seven, six and then five yards, but on that last one McGovern was rolled up on by a Bucs defender.

After being helped off the field he ended up heading to the locker room for further evaluation.

He returned to the sideline with his helmet, but it wasn’t going to happen. It was revealed the concern was a high-ankle sprain.

Safety Jayron Kearse: Knee injury

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Midway through the third quarter, Kearse injured his knee on the lone Buccaneers scoring drive of the evening.  He entered the day a question mark, appearing on the injury report for the first time all week on Friday with a neck issue, but warmed up and was deemed fine. So fine, Dallas only dressed three safeties for the game. Three minutes after getting in a dustup with Bucs RB Leonard Fournette, Kearse was down and having to be helped up by the opposition.

Kearse went in for a tackle of Fournette but had his left leg sticking out. Linebacker Leighton Vander Esch appeared to crash into it in his pursuit of the ball carrier, and Kearse was left on the ground holding his knee. He was out for the game and was seen on crutches following the game.

Defensive end Tarell Basham: Thigh injury

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Trailing 19-3 midway through the fourth quarter and facing 3rd-and-3, the Cowboys sent safety Donovan Wilson on a blitz. He, defensive tackle Trysten Hill and Basham all arrived to hit Brady together forcing the incompletion and turnover on downs. Only Basham didn’t get up from the collision. In obvious pain, he had to be helped to the sideline by two members of the training staff.

He appeared to suffer a pretty serious injury to his thigh.

Quarterback Dak Prescott: Broken thumb

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Prescott actually hit his hand twice on the same drive, a few plays apart. The first time, Shaq Barrett made a move to get past rookie left tackle Tyler Smith. First he hit Prescott’s thumb with his hand and then Prescott’s hand came down on the helmet of the defender. A few plays later, Barrett beat second-year pro Matt Farniok, in for McGovern. Again, he hit Prescott’s throwing hand. Prescott tried one more pass then came out of the game.

Prescott initially didn’t think it was as serious as it was. “N. I’ve hit my hand on helmets or bodies a lot in my career. I never reallyhad anything, maybe just a jammed finger. That’s exactly what I thought it was. The next play I realized I couldn’t grip the ball and I let the sideline know. When I got off, I told the trainers the same thing, that I can’t grip, and I feel like if you yank
it, I’ll be okay.”

“It’s very disappointing, but injuries happen. I can’t necessarily control it, it’s just unfortunate. I am going to miss some time and not be there for my team. That’s what hurts more than anything, especially after the start we just put out there. I wouldn’t be able to respond and not necessarily having the opportunity to do so for several weeks. Yes, it’s unfortunate
but I’ll do what I’ve always done anytime adversity comes, take it on headfirst. I will give my best and I’m sure I’ll come out
of this thing better.”

The diagnosis, according to Fox Sports, appears to be a Bennett Fracture, a 6-8 week injury.

Story originally appeared on Cowboys Wire