NFL News: Cowboys QB Dak Prescott’s knee injury means team is going to lose him for ‘at least three weeks’
The Cowboys aren’t going to play QB Dak “at least until the third week of the season,” according to coach Jason Garrett.
Prescott’s status for the first two games of the regular season against the Colts and Jaguars is still up in the air.
Prescott suffered a knee injury in Week 1 against the Ravens and was held out of the first half of the Cowboys’ 31-17 loss to the Broncos.
The Cowboys will open the season with a game against the Falcons on Sunday, Sept. 11 at 8 p.m.
Prescott is expected to be back at full strength in time for the opener.
“The best is yet to come,” Garrett said.
“Hopefully he’s playing by the end of the week.
Hopefully he’ll be ready to go.”
Prescott’s injury will have a profound effect on the Cowboys offense.
The team is averaging 6.1 yards per play this season and has only averaged 4.7 yards per drive this season.
Prescott, who is also a running back, has carried the ball 16 times for 56 yards.
Prescott has been the Cowboys most reliable option in the passing game with Dez Bryant, Jason Witten, Lance Dunbar, Tyreek Hill and Dak Prescott all seeing double-digit targets each game.
“We’ve had a few guys that haven’t been able to play, but Dak’s been a real good fit for us,” Garrett told reporters Sunday.
“I think that when we get to the fourth game, when the guys are healthy, when we’ve got to get out there and get them on the same page, I think Dak’s a guy we can really depend on.”
Prescott has averaged 4,947 yards passing through five seasons.
The former Heisman Trophy winner has been a mainstay in Dallas’ offense, averaging 7.3 yards per attempt in the first five games.
Prescott leads the team in completion percentage (70.6) and is the Cowboys leader in yards per completion (9.9).