Hours after Dallas Cowboys’ quarterback Dak Prescott suffered a season-ending ankle injury, team owner Jerry Jones released a statement.
“We are all heartbroken for Dak and this very disappointing injury. The outpouring of messages that I have received regarding his setback speaks volumes to the respect and admiration that he has earned from his teammates, former Cowboys players, and Cowboys supporters everywhere.
I know this young man very well.
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 to respond and recover from this challenge that has been put in front of him.
He is an inspiration to everyone he touches. He has all of our love and support.
And we have no doubt that he will return to the position of leadership and purpose that he brings to our team.”
The injury to Prescott occurred midway through the third quarter. Dallas’ franchise quarterback sustained the injury while attempting to scramble out of the pocket to his left to avoid the Giants’ defense. However, his right leg got trapped under a defender’s body. Prescott was later diagnosed with a compound fracture and dislocated ankle.
Prescott later left the field in tears on the trainer’s cart. While on his way to the locker room, he held up his fist as fans cheered for him.
Prescott and the Cowboys were unable to agree to terms on a long-term contract during the offseason. As a result, Prescott was playing under the team’s franchise tag, which is a one-year deal.
On Twitter, fans were critical of the team for not giving Prescott a long-term deal.
Former Cowboys’ star receiver Dez Bryant directed a tweet at Dallas’ top executives.
RJ Ochoa, manager and editor-in-chief of @BloggingTheBoys, tweeted “A lot of people have failed Dak Prescott this season,” mentioning Jerry Jones as one who failed him the most.
Prescott underwent successful surgery late last night.