Dak Prescott Broke His Thumb, Needs Surgery

It took one week for things to shake up, potentially dramatically, in the NFC East. And for Cowboys fans to start screaming about the season being over.

I’m not sure that’ll wind up being true or not, but you can’t argue that this isn’t a major blow to Dallas: quarterback Dak Prescott jacked up his hand late in the loss against the Buccaneers, and he’s going to need surgery.

Cowboys Head Coach Mike McCarthy reacted to learning of the injury live, and I’d say it sums things up well:

The optimistic case for Prescott’s return would have him back as soon as the Cowboys’ October 30th matchup against the Chicago Bears, or if the Cowboys want to give him the bye to rest another week, it’d be two weeks later against the Green Bay Packers. Some NFC North implications either way.

Meanwhile, to the extent the Cowboys were going to be a Wild Card team rather than taking the NFC East, I monitor the significant injuries pretty close early in the season. Sure, the Bears are UNLIKELY to be in a playoff position later this year, but you never know.

Meanwhile, the Cowboys figure to replace Prescott with back-up Cooper Rush for the time being, but it’s possible they would expand their search if they didn’t feel he could float them well enough for the next two months. Not that I see them going out and immediately trading for Jimmy Garoppolo.

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Brett Taylor is the Lead Cubs Writer at Bleacher Nation, and you can find him on Twitter at @BleacherNation and on LinkedIn here. Brett is also the founder of Bleacher Nation, which opened up shop in 2008 as an independent blog about the Chicago Cubs. Later growing to incorporate coverage of other Chicago sports, Bleacher Nation is now one of the largest regional sports blogs on the web.

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