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Barnstable QB D.J. Crook has fractured thumb

Barnstable quarterback D.J. Crook, who is 11 touchdown passes off the state record, fractured the thumb on his throwing hand last night ESPNBoston.com

In an email to various media members this morning, Barnstable quarterback D.J. Crook's father, Doug Sr., confirmed that his son has a transverse fracture on the thumb of his throwing hand.

D.J. attempted just one pass in the second half of last night's 31-17 loss to New Bedford, and told ESPNBoston's Scott Barboza following the game that he dislocated his thumb on a carry in the third quarter.

"DJ suffered what was initially thought to be dislocation turned out to be a transverse fracture of his thumb," the elder Crook wrote. "It is on his throwing hand. The thumb was set last night by Hand Surgeon Dr. Peter Bentivegna of Cape Cod Hand Surgeons and will be MRI'd this weekend to make sure there is no other damage. He hopes to be back on the field in 3 to 4 weeks in some capacity but the timetable to return as quarterback can not be determined at this time."

Either way, this comes as a blow to both the Red Raiders' offense and D.J.'s quest for the state all-time touchdown pass record. He is currently 11 scoring strikes away from the mark of 85 set by Brockton great Tom Colombo. On the season, D.J. has completed 58 percent of his passes for 922 yards and nine touchdowns to just one interception.