DALLAS – Dak Prescott will be sidelined for several weeks and possibly a couple months after injuring his thumb on his throwing hand during Sunday's loss to Tampa Bay. Prescott will require surgery on his hand and the timetable for his returns is currently set at 6 to 8 weeks. He will likely have a plate and pin inserted to stabilize the joint.
Prescott injured his hand in the second half of the opening season game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and lost 19-3.
The Cowboys had to shuffle their offensive line during the game after losing starting left guard Conner McGovern to an ankle injury. That placed second year guard Matt Farinok, a seventh-round pick last year on the left side next to rookie first round pick Tyler Smith. Smith took over the tackle position from Tyron Smith after he was injured in the preseason.
On the other side of the line, right tackle Terrance Steele was called for several penalties backing up the Cowboys in the third quarter. Penalties hurt the Cowboys all last season and was supposed to be a focus this training camp.
The receiving corp is also lacking depth. Outside of Ceedee Lamb, who had 11 targets and 2 catches for 29 yards, the Bucs didn’t fear any other pass catching threat. Lamb and Noah Brown were the only receivers who had any real game experience coming into this season. Simi Fehoko and undrafted free agent Dennis Houston also got playing time. Rookie third round pick Jalen Tolbert was a healthy scratch and was inactive.
It was a pitiful night for the Cowboys that only got worse as the game progressed. The only shining light on the team seemed to be second year All-Pro Micah Parsons who had 2 sacks in crucial times to hold the Bucs to 3 points on two drives
After losing the franchise quarterback Dak Prescott and a handful of other players, the Cowboys could be in for a rough season.