When a quarterback follows a pitch, he runs the risk of hitting a helmet or the hand of a defensive lineman. It is a danger of work.
It’s bad luck to do it twice in a row, and painful. Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott had to leave Sunday night’s game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers after hitting defensive linemen twice in the same drive in the fourth quarter.
In the middle of the ride, Cooper Rush came onto the field as Prescott moved to the sidelines. Prescott was watched by sports trainers and then jogged to the locker room, presumably to get an X-ray. That led to nervous moments for the Cowboys.
It was an ugly night for the Cowboys’ attack. Prescott couldn’t get much going against Tampa. But losing a match only lasts a week. A hand injury to Prescott would be a much harder blow.