Cowboys owner Jerry Jones: ‘We are all heartbroken for Dak’

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Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott, right, looks off as first responders and team medical personnel assist Prescott after he suffered a lower right leg injury running the ball against the New York Giants in the second half of an NFL football game in Arlington, Texas, Sunday, Oct. 11, 2020. (AP Photo/Michael Ainsworth)

Dallas Cowboys owner, president, and general manager Jerry Jones issued a statement Sunday evening expressing his support and admiration for injured quarterback Dak Prescott.

During Dallas’ 37-34 win over the New York Giants, Prescott sustained a compound fracture to his lower leg early in the third quarter and had to be carted off the field. Prescott was taken to a nearby hospital for surgery.

“We are all heartbroken for Dak and this very disappointing injury. The outpouring of messages that I have recived regarding this setback speaks volumes to the respect and admiration that he has earned from his teammates, former Cowboys players and Cowboys supporters everywhere.

“I know this young man very well.

“I know the personal hardship and strife that he has faced, dealt with and overcome in his young life.

“And I know of no one who is more prepared, from the perspective of mental and emotional toughness and determination, than Dak Prescott to respond and recover from this challenge that has been put in front of him.

“He is an inspiration to everyone he touches. He has all of our love and support.

“And we have no doubt that he will return to the position of leadership and purpose that he brings to our team.”

Prescott was on a one-year franchise tag with Dallas after failing to reach a multi-year extension in the offseason. Prescott and Dallas were precluded from discussing the extension during the regular season, and the two sides will have to wait until the conclusion of Dallas’ season, whether that ends after Jan. 3 or somewhere in the playoffs.

Andy Dalton finished the game for Dallas, and the former 2011 Cincinnati Bengals second-round field general will be Dallas’ starting quarterback going forward. Dallas also signed Dalton, a former TCU Horned Frogs quarterback, to a one-year deal.