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Gordon Hayward to Dak Prescott after injury: ‘You’re not alone!’

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Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott (4) acknowledges cheers from fans as he is carted off the field after suffering a leg injury during an NFL football game against the New York Giants in Arlington, Texas, Sunday, Oct. 11, 2020. (AP Photo/Ron Jenkins)


SALT LAKE CITY — Former Utah Jazz forward Gordon Hayward knows what it’s like to sustain a severe ankle injury like the one Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott suffered Sunday, as Hayward missed all but a few minutes of the 2017-18 NBA season with the Boston Celtics because of one.

On Tuesday, Hayward reached out to Prescott publicly via Twitter to offer his support. Hayward said LA Clippers forward Paul George, who had sustained a severe injury in 2014, had supported him, and it had meant a lot to him.

“After my injury, hearing from @Yg_Trece, a guy who had been through it, made a huge difference. @dak, if there’s anything I can do to help, don’t hesitate to reach out. You’re not alone!,” Hayward wrote Tuesday.

ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported Sunday night that Prescott underwent surgery to repair “a compound fracture and dislocation of his right ankle,” which he suffered in the third quarter of the Cowboys’ 37-34 victory over the winless New York Giants.

The outcome was decided on a field goal from Greg Zuerlein as time expired.