FRISCO, Texas – It is no secret that NFL Quarterbacks have had their share of injuries this year.
Carson Palmer: Arizona Cardinal’s QB broke his left arm against the Los Angeles Rams on Oct. 22 and was put on injured reserve.
Nathan Peterman: Buffalo Bill’s QB suffered a concussion against the Indianapolis Colts on Dec. 9 and has been placed in concussion protocol.
Trevor Siemian: Denver Bronco’s QB is out for the season after a shoulder injury against the Indianapolis Colts on Dec. 14.
Aaron Rodgers: Green Bay Packer’s QB broke his collarbone in the game against the Minnesota Vikings on Oct. 25 and was placed on injured reserve.
DeShaun Watson: Houston Texan’s QB was placed on injured reserve after a torn ACL on Nov. 30 in a non-contact drill in practice.
Andrew Luck: Indianapolis Colt’s QB had surgery to repair a torn labrum in his throwing shoulder in January. The team thought he would be back to start the season but was placed on injured reserve due to soreness.
Ryan Tannehill: Miami Dolphin’s QB re-injured his knee during training camp and has been out for the season recovering from surgery.
Sam Bradford: Minnesota Vikings’ QB Sam Bradford started the season as backup to injured reserve QB Teddy Bridgewater, but has been on the injury report due to soreness and swelling in his left knee.
Josh McCown: New York Jet’s QB broke his left hand on Dec. 10 against the Broncos and has been placed on injured reserve.
Carson Wentz: Philadelphia Eagle’s QB is officially out for the season and placed on injured reserve after an MRI revealed a torn ACL after he went down on Dec. 11 against the Los Angeles Rams for a left knee injury.
Marcus Mariota: Tennessee Titan’s QB had surgery on his lower leg in 2016 and continues to battle ankle and hamstring injuries. His backup Alex Tanney broke his foot on Sep. 2 against the Kansas City Chiefs after coming in to relieve Matt Cassel and Tanney was placed on injured reserve to be out for the season.
Just as many of the NFL’s elite QBs stand on the sidelines to watch the games as there are on the field having the opportunity to perform. However, this does not seem to faze Dallas Cowboys’ running QB Dak Prescott.
“ I’m not going to put that in my mind. I don’t think anybody is. That’s part of the game. That just comes with it. Us running quarterbacks, we know that we’re susceptible to that when we’re running. For me, it’s just about getting what I can” Prescott stated. “I’ll treat the game the same way as I’ve always been playing. “
Dak has embodied the word “Faith” from the quote his mother coined for Dak and his two brothers, “Fight, Finish, Faith.” She ended the phrase with “Faith” to represent Dak and he is carrying the fullness of the word moving forward in the season. He has faith in his offensive line protecting him as injuries on quarterbacks around the league pile up around him. The Cowboys O-line has been in a transition this year as right tackle Doug Free retired and left guard Ron Leary signed a four-year contract with the Denver Broncos before the start of the season. In week nine All- Pro left tackle Tyron Smith strained a groin against the Kansas City Chiefs and was ruled out for the game against the Atlanta Falcons. The Falcons had seven sacks on Dak Prescott, four allowed by Smith’s replacement Chaz Green. Smith returned for the Thanksgiving Day game in week 12, and fans are keeping their fingers crossed and hoping he stays healthy. No matter what Dak is hit with he remains calm and has faith in his teammates. He has made it clear that he will not change his QB run style based on the circumstances surrounding his position.
The quarterback injuries are not on Dak’s mind as he looks toward the game on Sunday against the Oakland Raiders at Oakland Alameda Coliseum. His sole focus is on beating the Raiders to keep their playoff hopes alive.
Brianna Dix graduated from Dallas Baptist University with a Bachelor of Arts in Broadcast Communications. She is a reporter, writer, host, and avid sports fan with a passion for sports.