Of course the big story Is Dak Prescott’s injury, but he was just one of several Cowboys banged up. Still, his absence has the chance to derail a season.
Prescott jogged to the locker room late in the fourth quarter to get his right hand examined after he hit the hand of Buccaneers outside linebacker Shaq Barrett and did not return. Jones said Prescott suffered a fracture near the thumb on his throwing hand.
Prescott, who is now 2-5 in season openers in his career, completed 14 of 29 passes for 134 yards and was intercepted once and sacked twice while the Cowboys were held without a touchdown in a season opener for the first time since 2001.
Dak and Jerry Jones discuss the injury.
“Yeah, it’s very disappointing, but injuries happen,” Prescott said. “Can’t necessarily control it. Just unfortunate. I’m obviously going to miss some time, not be there for my team. That’s what hurts more than anything, especially after the start that we just put out there. I wanted to be able to respond and not necessarily having that opportunity for several weeks. Yeah, it’s unfortunate, but I’ll do what I’ve always done anytime adversity comes. Take it on head first and I’ll give my best, and I’m sure I’ll come out of this better.”
Prescott will miss multiple weeks, but the injury is not season ending.
“You have to look at the fact that, no, he is not out for the year in any way. He’ll be out several games, but not out for the year,” Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said. “Let’s just get in here and win some games and be there so we can compete for that playoff when the time comes.”
“Thought I jammed it,” Prescott said. “I mean, I’ve hit on however many bodies, a lot in my career, and never really had anything [except] maybe a jammed finger, and I actually thought that’s what it was. The next play I realized I couldn’t grip the ball, let the sideline know. Then, when I got off, I told the trainers the same thing. I said, ‘I can’t grip it. I feel like if you yank it, I’ll be OK,’ and I came in and got X-rays and things were different.”
Updates: Connor McGovern Injures Ankle vs. Bucs - DallasCowboys.com
This was among the things that went wrong on Sunday night.
7:48 p.m. – Starting left tackle Connor McGovern injured his ankle on the Cowboys’ first offensive series against the Bucs and is questionable to return to Sunday’s game.
McGovern limped off the field with help from the Cowboys’ athletic training staff, but soon returned to the sideline testing out the ankle. Matt Farniok has replaced him at left guard.
McGovern has the dreaded high ankle sprain and will miss time.
More bad news for Dallas: Starting LG Connor McGovern suffered a high ankle sprain during tonight's game and will miss time. That's usually a 4-6 week injury.— Ari Meirov (@MySportsUpdate) September 12, 2022
That wasn’t all. Jayron Kearse is also injured.
Jayron Kearse is on crutches as he leaves the locker room.— Calvin Watkins (@calvinwatkins) September 12, 2022
It’s hard to even say everything that went wrong for the Cowboys.
The Cowboys’ offense was no match for the Bucs on this night.
Sure, Tom Brady got another win against this franchise, but it was his defense that stole the show, leading to a 19-3 win.
Here’s a quick analysis from the Cowboys’ staff writers after the game:
Nick Eatman: Well, no one should be writing a piece called “on second thought” more than me. What a whiff on my part with this prediction. Just never imagined the offense being this bad, not with Dak Prescott running the show. Sure, there would be some issues with the Bucs’ defense, but figured they could put up a few points. And honestly, few points would’ve put them in position to win this game. Now, we have to wait and see what Dak’s situation will be. But the offense is going to be either really bad, or terribly bad – depending on this injury. Defensively, the Cowboys did a nice job and it looks like Parsons will be rushing off the edge more than playing linebacker. But the defense was just good. It has to be amazing if they’re gonna carry this offense.
The Cowboys opponent next week, the Bengals, had a rough go of it in Week 1.
What to know: Cincinnati’s offense picked up right where it left off last season. And that was the main culprit in an overtime loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers in the season opener. It featured a slew of sacks and an inconsistent offense. Those things kept the Bengals from winning Super Bowl LVI despite a very strong defensive effort, which the Bengals got again on Sunday. Cincinnati needs to get that issue resolved if it wants to defend its AFC championship.
Should the Bengals be concerned about Joe Burrow? Uh, no. Sure, Burrow objectively played his worst game since entering the league. He committed five turnovers — four interceptions and a lost fumble on a day when he was sacked six times. But Burrow’s history, strengths and the resolve he showed to lead the Bengals down the field at the end of the game show that there should be zero long-term concerns for the third-year player coming off an emergency appendectomy in July
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