Despite an encouraging week for Michael Gallup’s recovery, the Cowboys have officially ruled out the Dallas wide receiver for their Week 2 matchup against Cincinnati Bengals.
Gallup was made questionable earlier in the week. He participated in his first full pads practice on Thursday.
After suffering an ACL injury in Week 17, 2021, the veteran wideout is now doing well.
“I think we’re in the final stages. He had good soreness today. It will be great to get him out there for a full week next week. He looks great,” Cowboys head coach Mike McCarthy said on Friday.
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McCarthy: “I think we’re in the final stages. He had good soreness today. It will be great to get him out there for a full week next week. He looks great.”
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Gallup had surgery on February 10 to fix his torn ACL. He’s now at the top of his injury timeline.
Gallup’s recovery is progressing well and there is a chance that he could be back on the Cowboys’ field for their Week 3 matchup against New York Giants. Gallup was not added to the injured reserve by the Cowboys before the season began, but it is possible that he will return in the first four weeks.
The Cowboys will welcome Gallup’s return. The Dallas team is very thin at wide receiver due to Dak Prescott’s injury in Week 1. He would be a great help to make backup quarterback Cooper Rush a reliable target during the passing game.
In Gallup’s absence, CeeDee Lamb and Noah Brown will continue to take the bulk of wide receiver snaps.