A Dallas Cowboys team that was having a nightmare season saw its worse fears realized when in the third quarter, quarterback Dak Prescott suffered a gruesome ankle injury at their Sunday night game against the New York Giants.
With the game tied at 23 in the third quarter, the Dallas Cowboys dialed up a designed quarterback draw. Prescott broke through one tackle attempt and then tried to stiff-arm New York Giants defensive back Logan Ryan. As Ryan dragged Prescott down, the quarterback’s ankle got stuck underneath Ryan. Often, we see players suffer high ankle sprains when their ankles get caught at that sort of angle, but when Prescott came out of the tackle, his ankle was facing the wrong direction.
Prescott left the field with his right leg in a temporary cast, on a stretcher, and in tears. He was rushed to the hospital and was found to have suffered a compound fracture and dislocation of his right ankle that needed immediate surgery.
It is estimated that Prescott won’t return to the football field for around four to six months.
“I know this young man very well,” Dallas Cowboys owner and general manager Jerry Jones said in a statement. “I know the personal hardship and strife that he has faced, dealt with and overcome in his young life. And I know of no one who is more prepared, from the perspective of mental and emotional toughness and determination, than Dak Prescott to respond and recover from this challenge that has been put in front of him.”