Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott suffered a compound fracture and dislocation of his right ankle during Sunday’s win over the New York Giants.
Prescott was taken to the hospital immediately and had surgery. He will be out for the rest of the season after what looked to be a gruesome injury at first sight.
Prescott was tackled by Giants’ safety Logan Ryan after a nine-yard run in the third quarter and immediately grabbed his lower right leg. His leg was placed in a heavy cast and Prescott was carted off the field with tears in his eyes.
The serious injury couldn’t have come at a worse time for both the Cowboys and Prescott. The 27-year-old quarterback was playing lights out and was leading the league in completions and passing yards coming into the game. Prescott is also in a contract year.
He is playing on a one-year franchise tag worth $31.4m this season and was expected to sign a huge contract extension in the offseason to cement his status as the Cowboys franchise quarterback.
Coming in for Prescott was veteran QB and former Cincinnati Bengals starter Andy Dalton, who was able to orchestrate a long drive in the last minute of the game to get the Cowboys in field goal position.
Kicker Greg Zuerlein booted a 34-yard field goal as time expired to give Dallas a 37-34 win over the still winless Giants.