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Jerry Jones’ family has emotional reaction to Dak Prescott injury

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Jerry Jones and his family had an emotional reaction to Dak Prescott’s ankle injury on Sunday.

The Dallas Cowboys quarterback suffered a bad ankle injury during the third quarter of the game. He ended up taken to the hospital for examination.

Players and coaches on the field showed immediate concern for Dak after the injury. So did the Jones family.

CBS showed video of how Jerry and those in the owner’s suite reacted to the injury. Stephen Jones, an executive vice president for the Cowboys, gave a consoling hug.

Both Stephen and Jerry shared a look of great concern.

Prescott is the team’s franchise quarterback. Losing him is devastating to the team, its fans, and the league in general.

Players around the league reacted with concern towards Prescott. Jason Garrett went to check on his former QB.

Prescott was taken to the hospital and is set to undergo ankle surgery.

Dak Prescott injury update: QB will undergo ankle surgery

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Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott will require surgery on his ankle injury.

ESPN’s Adam Schefter and Chris Mortensen reported Sunday that Prescott will undergo surgery on Sunday night.

The news about Prescott’s surgery is another indicator of the apparent seriousness of the ankle injury.

Prescott was taken to the hospital almost immediately after leaving Sunday’s game against the New York Giants. He was unable to put any weight on the ankle when moving to the cart.

Numerous players around the league shared their thoughts for Prescott. Owner Jerry Jones and his family had serious reactions as well.

Even Jason Garrett, who is now a coach with the Giants, put allegiances aside to support his former quarterback.

Prescott was 14/21 for 166 yards and an interception prior to suffering the injury against the Giants.

NFL world reacts to Dak Prescott ankle injury

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Dak Prescott’s ankle injury elicited a number of reactions from the NFL world.

Many of Prescott’s fellow players were quick to wish the Dallas Cowboys quarterback well. Among them was Patrick Mahomes, one of Prescott’s fellow young stars at the position.

Other star players said they were playing for Prescott and were clearly impacted by the seriousness of the injury.

Carson Wentz, a division rival who has suffered a serious injury himself, also wished Prescott well.

Former Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant sent a stark message to Cowboys owner Jerry Jones urging him to take care of Prescott as much as necessary.

Prescott was in tears as he was carted off the field following the injury. Many of his peers clearly had an emotional reaction as well.

Jason Garrett checks on Dak Prescott after ankle injury

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Dak Prescott suffered a horrific ankle injury during Sunday’s game against the New York Giants, and Jason Garrett was among those who came over to check on the Dallas Cowboys quarterback following the play.

Prescott was tackled on a scrambling play in the third quarter and had his ankle turn awkwardly underneath him (video here). He then remained down on the turf for a while with his ankle twisted in a gruesome way.

Garrett, who was the Cowboys’ head coach and is now the offensive coordinator with the Giants, came over to check on Prescott.

Prescott and several other players were emotional as the two-time Pro Bowler was carted off the field.

Garrett checking on Prescott was an illustration of the severity of the injury.

The Cowboys later announced that Prescott was being taken to a local hospital for evaluation.

Dak Prescott suffers nasty looking ankle injury

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Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott suffered a serious-looking ankle injury in the third quarter of Sunday’s game against the New York Giants.

Prescott’s ankle turned awkwardly as he was tackled on a scrambling play in the third quarter. He immediately grabbed at the injury, and he had to be carted off the field. He was unable to put any weight on the ankle as he was guided onto the cart.

Multiple Cowboys players were emotional as Prescott was treated, sensing the seriousness of the injury. Prescott also appeared to be emotional as he was taken off the field.

Former Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett, who is the offensive coordinator for the Giants, stood with Dallas head coach Mike McCarthy as Prescott was being tended to.

Dak Prescott wears mask with mental health awareness message

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Dak Prescott drew a lot of praise for opening up about his struggles with depression and anxiety earlier this season, and the Dallas Cowboys quarterback continues to draw attention to those issues.

Prescott showed up to AT&T Stadium on Sunday wearing a mask that said “#BreakTheStigma” on it.

Saturday was World Mental Health Day, so Prescott wore the mask to acknowledge that.

Prescott opened up about his anxiety and depression last month. He said he struggled with the COVID-19 pandemic and the death of his brother Jace, who committed suicide in late April. Prescott has drawn praise from many of his fellow NFL stars, though Skip Bayless had a different take on the subject.

The Cowboys are looking to bounce back against the New York Giants following a tough loss to the Cleveland Browns in Week 4.

No, Jerry Jones did not take massive swipe at Dak Prescott over INT

Jerry Jones

Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones made some comments on his weekly radio interview on Tuesday that have set the NFL world on fire, but they are being widely misrepresented.

In his spot on 105.3 The Fan, Jones was asked a question about the Kansas City Chiefs and whether he sees a gap between them and the Cowboys. He said he does, which is reasonable considering they are the defending Super Bowl champs and just beat arguably the second-best team in the NFL to improve to 3-0. That led to Jones praising Mahomes and Russell Wilson, who just led the Seattle Seahawks to a win over Dallas on Sunday.

For full context, let’s start with Jones’ remarks about Mahomes and Wilson:

“Obviously with (Mahomes), who I think is at the highest level right now because of his natural ability to make plays and his mobility — this guy’s very quick and elusive and can get in and out of situations with his feet and buy time,” Jones said. “(Wilson) is that kind of nature. He has great ability to get in and out and then make the play.”

Jones then added Prescott to the same category. He said Prescott’s ability to keep a play alive and get a pass off is what led to him getting a pass off (that happened to be intercepted) at the end of the game against Seattle. The Cowboys owner said Tony Romo had that same skillset.

“That play Dak made at the end of the game that got intercepted. The result of Dak’s ability that let him get that ball off was really great and outstanding,” Jones said. “These guys have that ability a lot. They’re very quick-footed and they have a unique ability to possibly take their eyes away from the field for a minute and then immediately focus back and see. Romo had that. He could turn his back on it and turn around and — hand-eye — and get it done quick. So those are things that show up with these guys. They’re buying time with their instincts and their feet.”

Here’s the play Jones was referring to:

Since Jones brought up Prescott’s interception, many jumped to the conclusion that he was saying Mahomes, Wilson and Romo would have made the play when Prescott could not. That is almost certainly not what Jones meant. In reality, he was just citing that specific play as an example of how Prescott — like Mahomes and Wilson — has the rare ability to keep plays alive. Jones likely meant that other quarterbacks would have been sacked in that situation, whereas Prescott was still able to get a throw off. The result was just a poor one.

If Jones throwing shade at his current or former players is something you enjoy, these comments will probably excite you a bit more. That was not the case here. You can hear the full portion of the interview below:

Aaron Rodgers praises Dak Prescott for talking about his depression, anxiety

Aaron Rodgers

Aaron Rodgers on Wednesday praised fellow quarterback Dak Prescott for opening up about his depression and anxiety.

In an interview published earlier this month, Prescott admitted he felt anxious and depressed early in the quarantine period.

Prescott’s admission led to criticism from one pundit who felt the Dallas Cowboys quarterback’s words could hurt him on the field.

Rodgers was asked during a Wednesday press conference about Prescott and shared his thoughts.

“I think it’s great. I saw what Dak said, I applaud him,” Rodgers said. “I think it’s phenomenal, him speaking out, because that’s true courage and that’s true strength. It’s not a weakness at all. And anybody who attacks it … other people’s opinions of ourselves have rnothing to do with us. And other people’s opinions of Dak have nothing to do with him. Those are their own insecurities to deal with their own s–t, probably.”

Rodgers seemed to be taking a shot at a certain FS1 personality with the remark.

The Green Bay Packers quarterback talked about the stigma surrounding mental health discussions.

“There’s a weird stigma around it — weakness — to either ask for help or admit you’re struggling with things, or admit negative thoughts about yourself,” Rodgers said. “I think the strength is taking care of yourself and taking care of your mind and understanding how important your thoughts are because they become things … and understanding how important positivity is, and your attitude, and waking up each day with the right focus and the right mindset. Taking time to be quiet during the day, allow your brain to rewire itself.”

Rodgers isn’t the only NFL player who appreciated Prescott’s candor. After the Cowboys’ Week 2 game, an opponent approached Prescott to talk about it.

Below is a video of Rodgers sharing his thoughts.

Video: Hayden Hurst appreciated Dak Prescott talking about his depression

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Hayden Hurst and Dak Prescott shared a nice exchange after Sunday’s game between the Dallas Cowboys and Atlanta Falcons.

Prescott’s Cowboys came back to beat Hurst’s Falcons 40-39. After the game, Hurst approached the Cowboys quarterback and thanked him for opening up about his depression.

Prescott admitted in a recently published interview that he experienced anxiety and depression early during the nationwide quarantine period.

Hurst dealt with depression and had a suicide attempt, which is why he especially appreciates Prescott opening up. The Cowboys quarterback told the Falcons tight end that they should collaborate on something.

Prescott dealt with some criticism for opening up about his feelings, but Hurst’s comments show plenty of people respect the quarterback for his actions.

Dak Prescott sets record in Cowboys’ incredible win over Falcons

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The Dallas Cowboys pulled off such a miraculous win over the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday that the record Dak Prescott set may be overlooked.

The Cowboys got the ball back trailing 39-30 with roughly three minutes remaining in the game. They were able to put together a quick touchdown drive, but they still needed to recover an onside kick to have a chance at winning. They did just that on an insane play.

Prescott then manufactured a drive that was capped off by a game-winning 46-yard field goal from Greg Zuerlein. The drive added to a huge day in which the Cowboys quarterback threw for 450 yards and a touchdown and added another three scores on the ground.

As ESPN’s Ed Werder noted, Prescott became the first quarterback in NFL history to throw for 400-plus yards and score three rushing touchdowns in a game. Only one player previously had 300 passing yards and three rushing touchdowns, and that happened in 1963.

Cowboys head coach Mike McCarthy dodged a bullet with the incredible comeback. He had already been criticized for attempting two fake punts in the game that were both unsuccessful, so the win saved him a lot of headaches.

Meanwhile, Prescott is playing under the franchise tag in 2020. Games like the one he had on Sunday are exactly what Stephen Jones was talking about when he recently complimented Prescott on the way he handled contract talks.