Jason Garrett caused every Dallas Cowboys fan to hold their breath on Wednesday when he announced that quarterback Dak Prescott sustained a shoulder injury during the team’s win over the Los Angeles Rams.
Injuries to quarterbacks are terrifying. Having them in must-win games is an even more scary thought to consider. It was only six years ago that the Cowboys took on the Eagles (this week’s opponent) with a backup quarterback due to an injury to starter Tony Romo. Needless to say, we are all fragile when it comes to this subject.
Garrett specified that Prescott sustained the injury during the first half of Sunday’s win. Shortly after his press conference, it was speculated that the injury happened on the first play of the team’s second offensive series.
Jason Garrett said Dak sustained the injury to his shoulder in the first half.— Bobby Belt (@BobbyBeltTX) December 18, 2019
This was the biggest impact I could remember to his shoulder in the game: pic.twitter.com/feLYgtLGNi
You can see Clay Matthews land on Dak pretty hard, not that it was Matthews’ fault, and you can imagine that such an impact would not tickle. Considering it was so early in the game, if it was actually the moment of injury, it should calm everyone as Dak Prescott played through the remainder of the contest.
From that point in the game, Dak was 14/20 for 206 passing yards with both of the touchdowns that he threw. Again, if the injury was a big problem his play throughout the game did not seem to show it at all.
What’s more is that the Cowboys finally used Dak Prescott on a quarterback sneak on a much-needed 4th and 1 in the second quarter. Considering this also likely came after the shoulder injury, it doesn’t seem like it inhibited any of what they wanted to do offensively. Dak even did this near the end of the second quarter.
Assuming Dak Prescott did hurt his shoulder in the middle of the first quarter against the Rams, it makes this run that he had late in the second quarter all the more impressive.— RJ Ochoa (@rjochoa) December 18, 2019
(Also worth noting the 4th and 1 sneak came well after the apparent injury, too) pic.twitter.com/BH88H5pURV
Dak Prescott is pretty tough.