Dak Prescott injures calf in Dallas Cowboys overtime win, hopes to ‘be fine’ even though MRI is scheduled

October 18, 2021

FOXBORO, Mass. – Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott will undergo an MRI Monday for a right calf injury sustained on his game-winning touchdown pass to CeeDee Lamb to defeat the Patriots. from New England in overtime.

“Life keeps throwing punches and I’ll keep hitting them back,” said Prescott, who wore a walking boot after the game. “It’s part of that. It’s part of this game. It’s a physical game that we play. I’ll be fine. I have a lot of confidence in myself, the medical team. I feel good. Obviously, this (boot) is a precaution. But, yeah, I mean, more thinking about the touchdown, obviously it doesn’t hurt that much when you score and win the game. “

Prescott said he “went down in a fun way” after the 35-yard throw he made while running toward the Cowboys side. If the Cowboys hadn’t scored, he said he could have kept playing.

“It was a bit of a pain, but no, sure, I could have gone on,” he said. “I think the adrenaline would have increased and I probably didn’t even feel it at the time. But I think after time you relax and say, ‘Oh well, there it is.

Since Prescott suffered a compound fracture and dislocation to his right ankle last October, he’s no longer concerned about a right calf injury. The Cowboys are heading into their bye week and players are expected to have the entire week off.

A source said this injury is different from the calf strain that wide receiver Michael Gallup suffered in the season opener on Sept. 9 and has not played since.

“I’ll be fine. I can promise you that,” Prescott said. “It’s a great time for the bye week, but like I said, everyone can have fun with it this week.”

Prescott had fun Sunday against the Patriots. He completed 36 of 51 passes for 445 yards with three touchdowns, two to Lamb, and an interception.

His 445 passing yards are the most allowed by a Bill Belichick-trained Patriots team. Including the postseason, Hall of Famers Kurt Warner (401), Peyton Manning (400) and Warren Moon (399) had the most passing yards in a win against Belichick before Prescott.

“Honestly, I didn’t know I was throwing that much until (Ezekiel Elliott) told me in the locker room,” Prescott said. “It’s not about me. It’s about the whole team. It’s about the practice we put into it. It’s about the way we do our practice, the way we build our team. I’m just a product I guess. from the statistics, but at the same time it’s disinterest. It starts with communicating how we’re protecting and how those guys open up. They make my job easier. “

The Cowboys needed everything Prescott had. They were penalized 12 times for 115 yards, both season highs. They were just 2 of 5 in the red zone with Prescott suffering an interception and a fumble. The defense allowed four touchdowns to a New England offense that scored just eight touchdowns in the first five games.

“I can’t say enough about Dak Prescott, just the way the ball was distributed and the calm and confidence that he had in his pocket,” said coach Mike McCarthy. “I thought the pass protection was great, but we knew it was going to be a dogfight. We knew it was going to be quite a challenge to come here, and I really think these kinds of wins over the course of the season could definitely pay off. U.S “.

Trailing 29-26, with 2:05 remaining in regulation time, Prescott led a nine-play, 40-yard drive that included a fourth-down throw to Cedrick Wilson and a 24-yard gain at third and 25 to Lamb who prepared. Greg Zuerlein’s tying field goal with 20 seconds left.

In overtime, Prescott completed all five passes for 71 yards, and Lamb broke free from Jalen Mills for the longest final score of his career.

“I was expecting someone to come up behind me and then there was no one within three yards to my left,” said Lamb, who had nine catches for 149 yards. “(Mills) was a little behind me and when I turned around I was shocked and just walked in. It was the best feeling ever, honestly.”

The Cowboys (5-1) have a three-game lead in the NFC East as they head into their bye week. They didn’t win their fifth game a year ago until Week 15. Their only loss was against defending Super Bowl champion Tampa Bay Buccaneers, who needed a field goal in the last minute for a 32-29 victory.

The only team with a better record in the NFL is the undefeated Arizona Cardinals.

“We know that we are real,” Prescott said, “and we believe that we are real.”