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Dak Prescott to miss 4-8 weeks with hand surgery after suffering injury late in Week 1 vs. Bucs

Cooper Rush will be the primary quarterback while Prescott is out.

NFL: Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Dallas Cowboys
Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott throws during the first quarter against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at AT&T Stadium
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Tuesday AM update: Prescott could miss as little as four weeks thanks to a “clean surgery,” per Tom Pelissero.

Monday AM update: Prescott is expected to miss 6-8 weeks, per ESPN.

Post-game update: Prescott is set to miss multiple weeks recovering from hand surgery, according to Cowboys owner Jerry Jones. Dallas will roll with Cooper Rush as the starting quarterback while Prescott recovers.

Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott injured his hand late on a screen pass attempt in Week 1 against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and went to the locker room to get more testing done. Cooper Rush finished out the game for Dallas.

Prescott got the screen pass off to Ezekiel Elliott over two charging defenders, but his right hand connected with Shaq Barrett’s raised hands on the follow through. Prescott immediately went to the sideline to get it looked at before leaving the field entirely.

Obviously, Dallas’ entire season hinges on Prescott being healthy. Even though he’s struggled Sunday night, Prescott is clearly the top quarterback for this team and one of the most dynamic players in the game when healthy. The Cowboys are missing some key players on the offensive line and in the receiving group, so this offense will eventually click like many expected it to.

If Prescott is out for a while, Rush will continue to serve as the primary quarterback.