Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott had to head into the locker room in the first half of Thursday night’s matchup with the Washington Redskins after taking a shot to his throwing hand.
Prescott ran an option with running back Alfred Morris and just after he made the pitch he was hit by a Redskins defender. The star quarterback had his throwing hand tucked into his body while he made the motion and it was smashed between Prescott’s pads and the defender’s facemask.
While the Redskins were on defense, Prescott ran into the locker room for an X-ray and NBC’s Heather Cox reported from the sideline that he was questionable to return. He returned to the field shortly after heading off and had his right hand heavily bandaged.
The Cowboys caught a break when return man Ryan Switzer took a punt back 83 yards for a touchdown, staking Dallas a 17-0 lead and buying Prescott an additional possession to receive treatment and attempt to make a return. The Redskins’ ensuing possession also bled into the two-minute warning, so Prescott has had a lot of time to determine the severity of the injury and throw passes on the sideline.
If Prescott is unable to return or suffers any further injury, undrafted rookie Cooper Rush will enter the game.
The Cowboys are still holding onto a 17-0 lead late in the first half.
Update (8:50 p.m. CT): Good news for Cowboys fans, Prescott returned for the final drive of the first half and completed a crisp pass on a button hook to Dez Bryant on the first play. It appears he’s okay, but he’ll definitely want to protect that right hand from further aggravation.