The Dallas Cowboys were hit with a significant blow in Week 5 after Dak Prescott suffered a devastating season-ending broken ankle. That has quickly shifted the franchise outlook this season while drawing some underlying concern around the star quarterback. Prescott has calmed those nerves after the latest development around his recovery.
Dak Prescott suffers season-ending ankle injury
Dak Prescott saw his 2020 season come to an immediate halt after suffering a compound fracture and dislocation to his right ankle.
It marks the first significant injury in Prescott’s career that puts an end to a career-best start. That featured him becoming the first player in NFL history to post three straight games with at least 450 passing yards. He led the league through five weeks with 1,856 passing yards that put him on pace to notch what would have been a single-season record with 5,939 passing yards.
The Cowboys have been struck hard by the injury bug this season, with Prescott’s loss being the latest significant blow. Dallas will turn to former Pro Bowler Andy Dalton to head the charge moving forward the rest of the season.
Dalton played exceptionally well in relief work in Week 5 against the New York Giants, completing 9-of-12 passes for 111 yards. He was pivotal in orchestrating the final drive that set up the game-winning field.
With that in mind, Prescott has already gotten past one significant hurdle in his recovery from his ankle injury.
Dak Prescott avoids post-surgery infection
Things have moved quite quickly for Pro Bowl quarterback Dak Prescott since breaking his ankle against the Giants last Sunday.
That saw Prescott move forward with undergoing immediate surgery to repair the injury due to the bone piercing through the skin. According to Adam Schefter of ESPN, all that has moved in a positive direction with the operation being successful capped off by avoiding any infections from the procedure.
It’s a significant step forward for Prescott as that avoids any difficult hurdles that could be much more than a longer recovery. That prevents a situation like the one that arose with Alex Smith’s devastating injury that nearly led to losing his leg. Although it was a much different ailment, things could have headed that same route if not managed correctly.
Prescott’s ankle will continue to be monitored for the next week or so as developing an infection is still possible. Nonetheless, it’s a definite step in the right direction for the star quarterback in his journey to a full recovery.
Cowboys hoping for a speedy recovery
The entire situation has placed Dak Prescott on the path toward a full recovery from his devastating broken ankle.
Prescott has remained upbeat about the matter that has now created quite an optimistic buzz. The early reports have suggested that not only is he physically staying around the team despite the injury, but it has moved forward the notion that he wants to beat the initial four-to-six month recovery time frame.
It’s quite early in the process, but Prescott is determined to come back quickly from the injury that abruptly ended his 2020 campaign. That won’t impact his status for this year, but it will allow him to have a more extensive offseason before the 2021 season.
The expectation is that the Cowboys will place the franchise tag on him next March in hopes of working out a long-term deal. His push to get healthy will only help his case in proving to Dallas that he is worth an extremely lucrative extension. The next several months will be pivotal in shaping his future with the Cowboys.