Boston Celtics forward Gordon Hayward has offered his help to Dallas Cowboys' Dak Prescott after seeing the quarterback go down with a nasty injury. On Sunday, Prescott rushed for nine yards with 6:33 left to play in the third quarter, before he was tackled by New York Giants defensive back Logan Ryan.
Prescott left the field in tears and hours later underwent a surgery after suffering a compound fracture and dislocation of his right ankle. Hayward, who signed with the Celtics in the summer of 2017, suffered a season-ending injury in his first minutes as a Celtic.
In the opening game of the 2017/2018 season, Hayward fractured tibia and dislocated ankle. "After my injury, hearing from @Yg_Trece, a guy who had been through it, made a huge difference," Hayward wrote in a Twitter post.
"@dak, if there's anything I can do to help, don't hesitate to reach out. You're not alone!"
Hayward knows what Prescott is going through
After the game, Giants' Ryan said he felt terrible for what happened on the field.
Meanwhile, Prescott underwent a successful surgery, and now just as Hayward in 2017, he faces months of rehabilitation. "First and foremost, the worst thing that happened today was Dak's injury," Ryan said.
"I mean, it's bigger than football. I feel terrible. It was a routine football play. Look, I study a lot. I thought this game would come down to me and Dak. I know it's a team game, but my job in this game plan was to make it tough on Dak.
He made it really tough on us. He's a hell of a player. He's gotten a lot better in his reads. He's got a really good arm. He was tearing it up there. He was making it hard on me. That's why this sucks." Prescott was aiming to have a big season and then sign a massive extension with the Cowboys next offseason.
"He's a hell of a quarterback," Ryan said. "That was nothing but a routine tackle with two competitors. He's trying to stiff arm me while I'm trying to tackle him and punch the ball out. When I saw it, I saw it immediately.
I broke my fibula. I broke my leg two years ago. I came back a better player and I want to wish him well. Obviously, there was no malintent there. I went through a similar injury a couple years ago. I just told him, 'What would Kobe do?' I hope he comes back. I hope he gets $500 million (as a free agent). He deserves it."