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Prescott injures thumb, will be out ‘several weeks’ after Cowboys lose to Bucs

DALLAS (KXAN) — It wasn’t opening night at AT&T Stadium like the Dallas Cowboys wanted on Sunday.

Dallas beat quarterback Tom Brady’s team 0-7 and lost 19-3 to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as the offense was scrappy and the defense allowed more than 150 yards of running.

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To make matters worse, Dallas quarterback Dak Prescott left the game in the fourth quarter with an injured thrown thumb and did not return. Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said Prescott needed surgery and “will be out for a few weeks.”

Either way, Prescott was helpless on offense. Under the constant strain of Tampa Bay’s pass rush, Prescott was sacked twice and hit six times, while the Buccaneers’ second pass was knocked down six times. Prescott’s injury-shortened night ended with 134 passing yards and 14 of 29 interceptions. Cooper Rush took over after Prescott left the game and completed six of 14 passes for 64 yards. He was also fired twice.

Ezekiel Elliott’s Cowboys were also ineffective on the ground on 10 carries for 52 yards. His longest run of the night was seven meters.

The Cowboys’ only score came in the first quarter on a 51-yard field goal from Brett Maher with 9:04 left. The Bucs offense is better, but still not great. Ryan Succop went four for five, but Brady made a 5-yard touchdown pass to Mike Evans in the fourth quarter to finish with 3:23 left.

Brady finished the night with 212 yards, 18 of 27 shooting and a touchdown pass to Evans. Bucs running back Leonard Fournette had 127 yards on 21 carries. Evans finished the game with five catches for 71 yards, while Julio Jones had three catches for 69 yards and got most of the pass on a 48-yard pass in the second quarter. The Buccaneers signed Jones for one year, $6 million in the offseason.

Rush will be the Cowboys quarterback for the foreseeable future while Prescott recovers from surgery.

Dallas (0-1) hosts Cincinnati (0-1) next week. The Tigers lost to the Steelers 23-20 in overtime. The Pirates (1-0) travel to New Orleans to face the Saints. The Saints beat Atlanta 27-26.

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