Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott is out of commission with a horrific ankle injury.
The NFL star has received an outpouring of sympathy after being rushed to the hospital Sunday with a gruesome compound fracture, Fox News reported.
“A flood of emotion”
According to Fox, Prescott was injured after being tackled on a nine-yard run in the third quarter by the Giants’ defensive back Logan Ryan.
The incident resulted in an emotional reaction from both teams as Prescott was carted off the field in tears with his right ankle visibly dislocated in what turned out to be a compound fracture. According to ESPN, Andy Dalton took over as QB and carried the Cowboys to a 37–34 victory.
“There was a flood of emotion, even from their bench,” Cowboys head coach Mike McCarthy said of the incident, as ESPN reported. “Obviously, there’s relationships on their sideline that Dak has, and the respect everybody has for Dak. And that was clearly evident during those moments.”
The injury sent a shockwave through NFL as members of the Cowboys and Giants and players from all over the league weighed in with messages of support for the quarterback, whose season has been cut short.
“I feel terrible, it was a routine football play,” Ryan said, according to ESPN. “You’ve got a guy, and I am in a similar position, he is scratching and clawing at one year on his deal to try and get rewarded, try to do the right thing, try to show up to work, try to lead his team, try to get a lucrative contract.”
“He’ll be back”
But there was some good news early Monday as it was announced that Prescott had a successful surgery and would leave the hospital, NBC Sports reported. His brother Tad tweeted a photo of Dak smiling from his hospital bed the night before.
“God is good, and he’ll be back STRONGER than ever,” Tad Prescott wrote, according to the New York Post.
It’s estimated that Dak Prescott could take as much as six months to recover. The 27-year-old is currently on a one-year franchise tag with the Cowboys worth $31.4 million, according to Fox.
“[Dak] is an inspiration to everyone he touches. He has all of our love and support,” Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said, as ESPN reported.
“We have no doubt that he will return to the position of leadership and purpose that he brings to our team,” Jones added.