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The NFL world is sending its thoughts and prayers to Dak Prescott after the Dallas Cowboys quarterback suffered a sickening injury against the New York Giants.
Prescott had to be carried out of the stadium and taken to hospital after the gruesome incident in Sunday's game.
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The 27-year-old was running against the Giants when he was dragged down from the side by cornerback Logan Ryan.
His leg got pinned underneath him as Ryan wrestled him down, and as he sat on the ground after the tackle, viewers got a clear look at his right ankle bent awkwardly in a way it shouldn’t bend.
Players and coaches gathered around Prescott as he sat on the turf, distraught over the graphic injury.
Jason Garrett, Prescott’s former coach with the Dallas Cowboys and now offensive coordinator with the Giants, came out too.
The medical staff put an air cast on Prescott’s right leg, with the star breaking down in tears as he was taken off on the cart.
Tributes poured in on social media for the stricken star, with many describing it as one of the most horrific injuries they'd seen.
An absolutely horrific injury for Dak Prescott pic.twitter.com/CGA7fT0EHz— HuddleUpPodcast (@HuddleUpPodcast) October 11, 2020
Worst injury I've seen in quite some time....thoughts up to Dak Prescott for a speedy recovery.— Pete Hoffman (@TheHoffWFAN) October 11, 2020
Dak Prescott INJURY— Russell Hartness (@RussellHartness) October 11, 2020
His ankle/foot just snapped in half
Absolutely brutal injury
Horrible loss for the Cowboys pic.twitter.com/l9zzawey3Y
Devastated for @dak - one of the truly great people in the NFL— Troy Aikman (@TroyAikman) October 11, 2020
Feel so bad for Dak. Just brutal.— JJ Watt (@JJWatt) October 11, 2020
You never want that to happen. But to a guy who pours everything into this game for his team each week, it’s beyond heartbreaking.— Blake Jarwin (@Jaws_47) October 11, 2020
We got a problem in Dallas. Hoping Dak Prescott is OK 🙏🏿🙏🏿 pic.twitter.com/z1wiQgIUCs— The Shadow League (@ShadowLeague) October 11, 2020
Injury thrusts franchise tag into spotlight
The Cowboys were 1-3 coming into Week 5. They had Super Bowl dreams coming into the season with a star-filled offence, but Prescott’s injury puts a big dampener on their hopes for the season.
Andy Dalton took over as the Cowboys’ quarterback, a job he will keep the rest of the year if Prescott’s injury is as bad as it looked.
Prescott wanted a long-term deal for the Cowboys but he and the team couldn’t agree on how much it should be for, and Prescott decided to play on a one-year franchise tag.
The risk in doing so is obviously injury, and unfortunately Prescott suffered a serious one that's reignited the franchise tag debate.
THE @NFL franchise tag has to go! If the teams don’t want to sign your player to a long term deal, and he’s deserving, let him go! @NFLPA and players gotta stand up and get rid of the franchise tag for this exact reason! #DAK— Plaxico Burress (@plaxicoburress) October 11, 2020
Dude this was literally one of the first things I thought about. I agree with you 💯. I am sick for @dak.— Eric Stark (@Y2kbronco) October 11, 2020
Future @NFL players, this like many others before you (including myself) NEVER NEVER NEVER play on a “Franchise Tag”. The term is not what its intended for initially in the @NFL speedy recovery Dak 🙏🏿— Brian Orakpo (@rak98) October 11, 2020
What happened to Dak is why it’s hard for any player to step out there without that guaranteed money!! He already earned his check hopefully they don’t hold this injury against him— Mike Wallace (@Wallace17_daKid) October 11, 2020
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