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Andy Dalton Attending QB Meetings, Not Ready to Take the Practice Field

Cowboys quarterback Andy Dalton is getting closer to being back after suffering a concussion after a cheap shot from Washington’s Jeff Bostic in last Sunday’s loss in D.C.

Head coach Mike McCarthy said today that Dalton has been taking part in quarterback meetings, but as far as taking the practice field, he’s not ready to do that just yet.

If Dalton can’t go Sunday against the Eagles, Dallas will go with draft pick Ben DiNucci. A report from the Cowboys official site on Wednesday said that the team is going to ink former quarterback Cooper Rush, who was let go at end of 2020 training camp.

Video: Skip Bayless and Shannon Sharpe Discuss the Cowboys Moving Forward

The Cowboys are moving forward without Dak Prescott after the QB suffered a season-ending ankle injury during their win over the New York Giants on Sunday.

With Dak playing this season on the franchise tag, there have already been whispers that we may have just seen Prescott’s last game in a Dallas uniform.

One anonymous exec even told The Athletic that Jerry Jones & the Cowboys could be tempted to move forward with a discounted Andy Dalton next season. Hear what Skip Bayless and Shannon Sharpe have to say about Dak’s situation with the Cowboys.

QB Dak Prescott Suffers Gruesome Injury in Win Over Giants

The Cowboys are going to have to shift their QB play for the rest of 2020, as quarterback Dak Prescott suffered a gruesome ankle injury during Sunday’s win over the Giants.

The game took on a totally different feel when Prescott when down and was replaced by backup Andy Dalton, who led Dallas to the last play win.

Adam Schefter of ESPN reports that Prescott will have surgery on the broken ankle, and with the recovery it would seem next to impossible that he’d be able to return in 2020, meaning that it’s now Dalton’s team.

Cowboys RB Ezekiel Elliott “I Can’t Give Up the Ball Anymore”

Sunday’s effort against the Browns was one of the most frustrating in recent memory for the Cowboys, and one reason were the two turnovers the team had in the second quarter that completely changed the momentum.

One of the turnovers was thanks to running back Ezekiel Elliott, who has now coughed up the ball three times this season.

It was also the third game in a row the team has had multiple turnovers.

Elliott spoke about giving up the ball on Wednesday to the team’s official website, saying basically “no more.”

“I can’t give up the ball anymore. . . . It hurts,” Elliott said.

“I look at myself as a leader for this team. And I look at myself as someone who’s supposed to help pick the team up when we get down and not be the cause of falling behind.”

The teams had nine turnovers in the last three weeks – and despite scoring 109 points are 1-3 and need a win badly Sunday against the divisional rival Giants.

Cowboys Center Joe Looney Has MCL Sprain, to Miss 2-3 Weeks

The Cowboys are a complete mess, and now they have yet another injury to deal with on the team’s offensive line.

Center Joe Looney suffered a sprained medial collateral ligament in his right knee on the first play of Sunday’s loss to the Browns and could miss two to three weeks, a source told ESPN.

Rookie Tyler Biadasz will take over for Looney with left guard Connor Williams working as the backup center.

The team has already missed right tackle La’el Collins since the season started. He will be done for the season as he’s having hip surgery Wednesday.

Left tackle Tyron Smith missed two games with a neck injury, but he returned against the Browns and did not appear to suffer any setbacks.

Biadasz has played 133 snaps in the past two games in taking over for Looney, who suffered an ankle injury in the Week three loss at Seattle.

Prescott Quiets the Haters in Wild Comeback Win Over the Falcons

The Cowboys looked like they were minutes away Sunday from starting the season 0-2, but like Clark Kent in a phone booth turning into Superman, the Cowboys turned to Dak Prescott.

The leader of the offense came out of nowhere to lead the Cowboys offense Sunday, picking up the slack for a team that played sloppy into the third quarter, only to rush for two scores and throw for a couple of more in a wild 40-39 win.

It wasn’t easy, and if you put money on the Cowboys you were sweating the entire afternoon, and likely still lost as Dallas didn’t cover.

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While it’s not unusual for teams to overcome big deficits, let’s take a quick look at how crazy it was that the Cowboys were able to rally.

The Falcons possessed the ball for 33:48 and won the turnover battle 3-0. According to the Elias Sports Bureau research, since 1933, when team turnovers were first tracked teams that scored 39 or more points and had no turnovers in a game were a combined 440-0.

That is until Super Prescott took over.

The second half belonged to Dak, throwing for 312 passing yards, a touchdown pass and three rushing touchdowns – ALL in the second half.

He ended the night 34-for-47 for 450 yards and no interceptions. The Cowboys put the ball on the turf four times in the first quarter, and also failed on two fake-punt attempts in its own territory.

Let’s just say that things were not going well for America’s Team.

But the good news that Prescott and the rest of the offense hung in, and he was able to get it together enough to lead the team all the way back in the final minute to allow Greg Zuerlein to place a field goal right down the middle as time expired.

It won’t be easy to duplicate the type of effort this week as Prescott and the Cowboys head on the road to take on the Seahawks, a team that plays just a different type of game at home.

It would be a lot better if the Cowboys play four quarters instead of falling way behind and then having to rally to try and score a ton of second half points to gain the win.

“Super” Prescott can be “Super,” let’s just hope it doesn’t come with the team needing huge comebacks in the future.

Wednesday’s Injury Report for Sunday Night’s Cowboys Battle with the Rams

DALLAS COWBOYS
 
Practice Report
  DID NOT PARTICIPATE IN PRACTICE
  Wednesday CB Jourdan Lewis (ankle)
 
  LIMITED PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE
  Wednesday LB Luke Gifford (hamstring)
 
  FULL PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE
  Wednesday CB Chidobe Awuzie (knee), WR Amari Cooper (hamstring)
 
LOS ANGELES RAMS
 
Practice Report
  Wednesday Practice Not Complete

Cowboys DT Dontrai Poe Says He’ll Kneel for the Anthem in 2020

Cowboys defensive tackle Dontrai Poe said he will kneel during the playing of the national anthem to protest police brutality and raise awareness for social justice, Calvin Watkins of the Dallas Morning News reports. 

Poe will talk with Cowboys owner and general manager Jerry Jones about it soon.

“Yeah, I do still plan on kneeling, but we haven’t had the conversation yet,” Poe said Sunday. “But we had a team meeting where he kinda expressed a couple of feelings, and he always told us he had an open door for us to talk to him at any time. So I look forward to taking advantage of that and just getting in his ear and seeing how he’s feeling about it.”

Whether you agree or not, the issue of NFL players fighting against racism and police brutality isn’t going away. It seems NFL players don’t care if you don’t plan on watching, because the issue is bigger than whether a television network gets big ratings.

NBA players and coaches continue to kneel and wear statements fighting for social justice on their jerseys in the playoffs. Two weeks ago, players from FC Dallas knelt during the national anthem and were booed in the same town the Cowboys train in.

This summer, several Cowboys players expressed outrage, privately and publicly, when George Floyd, a Black man in Minneapolis, was killed by a white police officer. The protests across the country and statements made by athletes from numerous sports called for change in the criminal justice system and police reform.

Jones approved a video statement by the Cowboys to support social justice reform. Several Cowboys players including Dak Prescott, DeMarcus Lawrence and Ezekiel Elliott offered support for the Black Lives Matter movement.

The next step seemed logical for some, that once the 2020 season begins, Cowboys players would take a knee during the anthem to continue the protests.

No Cowboys player has knelt with the national anthem playing. In 2016, when then-San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick knelt during the anthem, Jones asked his players not to. Some on the outside believed this was a direct order despite Jones’ lack of authority to stop a player from kneeling. The consequence of kneeling is Jones has the power to release a player. But say a highly priced, highly valued player knelt. Would Jones really cut that player? Trade him?

It seemed no player wanted to challenge Jones’ edict, especially when he expressed his hope that players would have their “toes on the line” during the anthem.

Jones is passionate and loyal about supporting his players for whatever causes they care about. He encouraged players to educate themselves about fighting for social justice. During an Aug. 13 video conference call, Jones said he didn’t have anything to prove about his own beliefs or support for his players.