In every one of the last six weeks, at least part of the conversation about the Dallas Cowboys has included questions about Michael Gallup’s status.
Looks like the receiver is finally set to return to the field. Gallup didn’t appear on Friday’s Dallas injury report, meaning he should logically play in the Cowboys 4 Week 4 game against the Commanders.
Dallas entered the 2022 season believing that Gallup could provide a significant portion of the team’s passing game scoring, enough for the Cowboys to trade Amari Cooper to Cleveland in the offseason as a result of a pay cut. Team owner Jerry Jones remained optimistic about Gallup’s prospects throughout the preseason, leaving open the possibility that Gallup could return as early as week one.
Gallup, of course, did not return for the opening of the season, prompting the expectation of weekly questions about his status. The loss of quarterback Dak Prescott only added to those questions, as backup Cooper Rush would ideally need every weapon available to him to keep the Cowboys’ attack afloat.
Rather than bring Gallup back at the very last moment, Rush instead turned to Noah Brown, who helped propel a typical backup to the top of Dallas’ receiving chart (15 catches, 213 yards, one touchdown) in three games. It worked for the Cowboys, who go 2-1 into their fourth week after losing their first season to the Buccaneers.
Dallas gave Gallup enough time to make sure he fully recovered from surgery to repair a torn ACL. It didn’t hurt the Cowboys’ track record, as Dallas won two straight games with Rush, Brown, CD Lamb and a backfield tandem of Ezekiel Elliott and Tony Pollard. The return of Gallup should only bolster the Cowboys’ attack.