Dak Prescott: The Dallas Cowboys quarterback will be out for “several weeks” after suffering a thumb injury in the loss to Tom Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers

At the Cowboys’ season-opener game in front of a raucous crowd at their AT&T Stadium against Tom Brady and the Bucs, Dallas kicked off the 2022 season with a stutter and a scare.

If the struggling offensive performance weren’t enough to worry about — Dallas didn’t score after opening the game with a field goal — a potentially serious injury to Dak Prescott could have long-term repercussions.

In the fourth quarter, as he attempted to bolster offense and make a comeback, Prescott’s throwing hand — his right — hit with the hands of Bucs outside linebacker Shaq Barrett during a pass attempt.

The 29-year-old’s discomfort was evident almost immediately, and he jogged back to the dressing room with an athletic trainer.

Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said after the game that Prescott will undergo further medical evaluations but suffered a fracture “behind the thumb” and “will miss several games but will not be out for the year.”

Prescott was seen wearing braces during post-game media availability. He expressed his frustration at the injury but acknowledged it could have been a lot worse.

“I was told it was a lot cleaner than it could have been,” Prescott said. “It’s very disappointing but injuries happen. Can’t really control it. Just unlucky. I’ll obviously miss some time and not be there for my team and that hurts more than anything, especially after the start we’re having right now have to sit out there.”

Even with Prescott on the field, the Cowboys struggled to move the ball against a strong Tampa Bay defense.

The offense had just 244 total yards, with Prescott going 14 of 29 for 134 yards with an interception and being released twice. Backup quarterback Cooper Rush finished the game and didn’t have much more success.

After a serious ankle injury that saw him miss most of the 2020 season, Prescott was hoping for a healthy 2022 but sounded optimistic afterwards despite the injury.

“Obviously not what you want to hear, but it’s not the worst thing that’s happened to me,” Prescott said. “It’s just another bump in the road and I’ll keep moving forward. I will do everything I can control to get myself back, improve, help this team and be the best I can in this role.”

Brady rubs it out

It wasn’t Brady’s best performance, but it was enough for the Bucs.

The 45-year-old seven-time Super Bowl winner threw for 212 yards, plus one touchdown and one interception in defense-heavy play.

It was running back Leonard Fournette who was the driving force on the Bucs’ offense, rushing for 127 yards with 21 carries.

“We tried to take what they gave us,” Bucs head coach Todd Bowles said after the game.

“They gave us some things up front and Lenny (Fournette) did a hell of a job running hard and physical and finding the hole. I thought the offensive line did a great job of blocking. It was a total team effort tonight.”

The Bucs’ strong defense kept the Cowboys’ offense in check, limiting Dallas to less than six points in a season opener for the first time since 1989.

The win improves Brady’s personal record against the Cowboys to 7-0 and gives the 2020 Super Bowl winners the perfect start to a new season.