surgery for Dak Prescott’s fractured right thumb was successful.
Ed Werder, ESPN’s executive director of sports information, provided further insight. To “repair” and stabilize the fracture in his throwing hand, the Dallas Cowboys quarterback required a plate with screws.
Prescott is not being placed on the injured reserve by the Cowboys to allow him to practice reps once he’s back.
#Cowboys QB Dak Prescott required a plate and screws to repair and stabilize fracture near right thumb. Among the reasons he’s not being placed on IR is to allow the flexibility to have him to eventually take practice reps as he gets closer to a potential return to play.
— Ed Werder (@WerderEdESPN) September 13, 2022
Despite the initial timeline of six-to eight weeks, Jerry Jones shocked the NFL world by announcing Tuesday that Prescott would not be on the IR.
“If we thought he wasn’t going to be ready to go for four games, after four games, we would be putting him on injured reserve,” Jones said on 105.3 The Fan. “We’re not doing that. We think he can come in and play. We feel very good after surgery, after listening to the medical people that Dak has a real chance to be back out there throwing the ball pretty quick.”
Given Prescott’s injuries, this seems a bit optimistic. If a quarterback can’t grip the ball effectively, he won’t be successful. Rushing Prescott’s recovery may backfire.
Prescott will not be with the Cowboys when they face the Cincinnati Bengals in a match of 0-1 division champions on Sunday afternoon.