The Cowboys finally received some good news.
Quarterback Dak Prescott suffered a compound fracture in his ankle during the third quarter of Dallas’ 37-34 win over the New York Giants. The injury required surgery, but the updates provided signaled that Prescott will likely make a full recovery.
Executive vice president Stephen Jones confirmed that notion. According to ESPN’s Todd Archer, Jones said Prescott is on pace to make a recovery in four months, which matches the team’s timeline for his return.
“This is a four-month injury and so far, if anything, everything we’re getting from (associate athletic trainer Britt Brown) and the doctors is that he’s ahead of schedule,” Stephen Jones said. “He’s been able to avoid any setbacks and if anything, he’s ahead of schedule, which shouldn’t be a surprise.”
Prescott has been missed this season. The Cowboys have used four different quarterbacks, including a stretch of Andy Dalton, Ben DiNucci, and Garrett Gilbert over the course of three straight games.
On Sunday, the 29-year old Gilbert nearly rallied the Cowboys over the now 8-0 Pittsburgh Steelers, but the team fell to 2-7 after the 24-19 defeat. The team arguably played their best football all season, but it just wasn’t enough.
Prescott suffered a season-ending injury and was playing on the franchise tag. His future is unclear, but ESPN’s Todd Archer reported that the Cowboys will not be looking at a quarterback in the 2021 draft.
“As it stands, the Cowboys are in position to have a top-five pick in the draft next spring, but quarterback will not be among the team’s priorities, according to Stephen Jones,” Archer writes, via ESPN.com. “The Cowboys have wanted to re-sign Dak Prescott all along and could use the franchise tag at a cost of $37.7 million. ‘Dak is our quarterback and we’re so fired up about him and him leading us in the future,’ Jones said.”
Stephen Jones offered a bright assessment on Dak Prescott’s health as the quarterback recovers from a compound fracture and dislocated right ankle that required season-ending surgery. “This is a four-month injury and so far, if anything, everything… https://t.co/yDSRKWd6Ln
— Todd Archer (@toddarcher) November 9, 2020