First, it was Dallas Cowboys’ starting quarterback Dak Prescott who went down with a season-ending injury. Then on Sunday afternoon against the Washington Football Team, backup Andy Dalton was injured in the third quarter and never returned.
Washington was led by its defense, which piled up six sacks to go along with an interception and a forced fumble that turned into a safety, in a dominating 25-3 victory over the Cowboys.
Dalton had his helmet knocked off by Washington linebacker Jon Bostic, who was ejected and a 15-yard penalty was called against, after he lowered his shoulder and hit a sliding Dalton in the head.
Ben DiNucci, a rookie from James Madison, replaced Dalton, who completed 9 of 19 passes for 75 yards with an interception before leaving the game.
Dallas (2-5) lost back-to-back games after Washington held Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott to 45 yards rushing on 12 carries and rookie wide receiver CeeDee Lamb dropped a handful of passes thrown his way.
Washington (2-5) allowed 142 total yards and put up 397 to win a game by double digits for the first time since November 2018.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.