Oct 25, 2020; Landover, Maryland, USA; Dallas Cowboys quarterback Andy Dalton (14) passes the ball as Washington Football Team nose tackle Daron Payne (94) defends in the second quarter at FedExField. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

Cowboys QB Dalton to come off COVID-19 list

The Dallas Cowboys will activate quarterback Andy Dalton and defensive lineman Tyrone Crawford from the reserve/COVID-19 list on Wednesday, coach Mike McCarthy said.

Dalton returned to practice on Monday after missing two games. He was in both the concussion and COVID-19 protocols. Crawford was placed on the list on Nov. 11 after coming into contact with a person who tested positive.

Dalton, signed to back up starter Dak Prescott, came in during the Cowboys’ Oct. 11 game against the New York Giants after Prescott went down with a gruesome, season-ending ankle injury. Dallas (2-7) won that game on a field goal in the last minute.

With Dalton hurt two games later, third- and fourth-stringers Ben DiNucci and Garrett Gilbert have started for Dallas, which has lost four straight and is coming off a bye week.

Dalton has thrown for 452 yards this season with one touchdown and three interceptions while completing 61.2 percent of his passes. The 33-year-old veteran spent his first nine seasons with the Cincinnati Bengals, throwing for 31,594 yards and 204 touchdowns with 118 interceptions. He was a three-time Pro Bowl selection during his time in Cincinnati.

Crawford, 30, has played 45 percent of the team’s defensive snaps through the first nine games of the season.

The Cowboys travel to face the Minnesota Vikings (4-5) on Sunday.

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Oct 25, 2020; Landover, Maryland, USA; Washington Football Team linebacker Jon Bostic (53) tackles Dallas Cowboys quarterback Andy Dalton (14) during the second half at FedExField. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports

QB Dalton returns to practice for Cowboys

The Dallas Cowboys’ quarterback carousel could turn again this weekend, as backup quarterback Andy Dalton returned to practice Monday.

Signed in May to back up starter Dak Prescott, Dalton has missed two games since sustaining a concussion on a hit by Washington linebacker Jon Bostic on Oct. 25. Placed in the league’s concussion protocol that day, Dalton also landed on Dallas’ reserve/COVID-19 list early this month.

Cowboys coach Mike McCarthy said Monday that Dalton is “cleared for practice and had a good day today. We had a mock game-type practice for us, and he was a full participant.”

Dalton came in during the Cowboys’ Oct. 11 game against the New York Giants after Prescott went down with a gruesome, season-ending ankle injury. Dallas (2-7) won that game on a field goal in the last minute.

With Dalton hurt two games later, third- and fourth-stringers Ben DiNucci and Garrett Gilbert have started for Dallas, which has lost four straight and is coming off a bye week.

Dalton has thrown for 452 yards this season with one touchdown and three interceptions while completing 61.2 percent of his passes. The 33-year-old veteran spent his first nine seasons with the Cincinnati Bengals, throwing for 31,594 yards and 204 touchdowns with 118 interceptions. He was a three-time Pro Bowl selection during his time in Cincinnati.

The Cowboys travel to face the Minnesota Vikings (3-5) on Sunday.

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Oct 25, 2020; Landover, Maryland, USA; Dallas Cowboys quarterback Andy Dalton (14) is helped to the locker room after being knocked out of the game on a hit by Washington Football Team inside linebacker Jon Bostic (not pictured) in the third quarter at FedExField. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

Reports: Dalton to COVID list, ruled out for Week 9

Dallas Cowboys quarterback Andy Dalton is going from one protocol to another. Dalton will be placed on reserve/COVID-19 this week, sidelining him for a second consecutive game, according to multiple reports Tuesday.

Ben DiNucci is expected to get his second start this week against the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Dalton missed last week’s loss to the Philadelphia Eagles after suffering a concussion during the Cowboys’ Oct. 25 loss against the Washington Football Team. Dallas is 2-6 and riding a three-game losing streak with the 7-0 Steelers coming in.

Dalton, 33, was expected to start against the Steelers, having reportedly cleared the concussion protocol.

The Dallas Morning News reports Dalton was experiencing COVID-19 symptoms.

Dalton came in for the injured Dak Prescott in the Cowboys’ Oct. 11 game against the New York Giants after Prescott went down with a gruesome, season-ending ankle injury. Dalton has played one full game in Prescott’s absence, a 38-10 loss to the Arizona Cardinals on Oct. 19.

Dalton is 52-for-85 passing for 452 yards with a touchdown against three interceptions this season. He was a three-time Pro Bowl selection in his nine years as the starting quarterback for the Cincinnati Bengals.

DiNucci finished 21-for-40 for 180 yards in the 23-9 loss to the Eagles, and was sacked four times.

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Oct 25, 2020; Landover, Maryland, USA; Dallas Cowboys quarterback Andy Dalton (14) passes the ball as Washington Football Team nose tackle Daron Payne (94) defends in the second quarter at FedExField. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

Cowboys QB Dalton still in concussion protocol

The Dallas Cowboys were hoping they would only have to rely on rookie Ben DiNucci for one spot start, but Andy Dalton is not yet ready to return to practice, coach Mike McCarthy said Monday.

Dalton missed the Cowboys’ 23-9 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday after he sustained a head injury on an illegal hit from Washington linebacker Jon Bostic in Week 7.

“Andy hasn’t officially cleared the protocol,” McCarthy said. “Once we make it through that, we’ll announce it to you.”

Dallas owner Jerry Jones previously stated that he hoped to have Dalton back in the lineup in time for the Cowboys’ visit from the undefeated Pittsburgh Steelers this Sunday.

Dallas (2-6) averaged 32.6 points per game with Dak Prescott at the helm before Prescott sustained a season-ending leg injury during a Week 5 win against the New York Giants.

In the three games since Prescott’s injury, the Cowboys have netted a combined 22 points.

Dalton, 33, struggled after taking over for Prescott. On the season, he has completed 61.2 percent of his passes for 452 yards with one touchdown and three interceptions in four games, two starts, this season.

DiNucci, who finished his college career at James Madison, hit on 21 of 40 passes for 180 yards in his first NFL start against the Eagles. He didn’t throw a touchdown pass or an interception but lost a pair of fumbles and was sacked four times.

Dallas remains in the hunt in the lackluster NFC East, where it trails Philadelphia by 1 1/2 games for the division lead. But fixing the stagnant offense won’t be easy without the regular QB, McCarthy said.

“No. 1, it starts with Dak,” McCarthy said. “Anytime an offense loses its starting quarterback … I mean, he was playing at a high level.”

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Oct 25, 2020; Landover, Maryland, USA; Dallas Cowboys quarterback Andy Dalton (14) is helped to the locker room after being knocked out of the game on a hit by Washington Football Team inside linebacker Jon Bostic (not pictured) in the third quarter at FedExField. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

Report: Cowboys’ Dalton (concussion) out vs. Eagles

The Dallas Cowboys shifted quarterback Andy Dalton (concussion) from doubtful to out for Sunday’s NFC East clash against the Philadelphia Eagles, according to multiple reports.

He will not travel with the team to Philadelphia.

Rookie Ben DiNucci will make his first career start, with Garrett Gilbert serving as his backup.

The Cowboys started the season with Dak Prescott at quarterback, but he sustained a compound fracture of his right ankle in a win against the New York Giants on Oct. 11 and is out for the season.

Dalton replaced him and suffered the concussion last Sunday in a loss to the Washington Football Team on a hit by linebacker Jon Bostic. Dalton went into a slide and, with his knee on the ground, Bostic plowed his shoulder into Dalton’s facemask. The result was Dalton’s first documented NFL concussion and an ejection from the game for Bostic.

Dalton is in his first season in Dallas after spending nine years as the starter for the Cincinnati Bengals. He has completed 52 passes for 452 yards with one touchdown and three interceptions on the season.

The Cowboys selected DiNucci, who played collegiately at Pittsburgh and then James Madison, in the seventh round of the 2020 NFL Draft. In relief of Dalton last week, he was 2-of-3 passing for 39 yards.

The Eagles enter the game at 2-4-1, while the Cowboys are 2-5.

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Oct 25, 2020; Landover, Maryland, USA; Washington Football Team linebacker Jon Bostic (53) tackles Dallas Cowboys quarterback Andy Dalton (14) during the second half at FedExField. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports

Cowboys’ Dalton (concussion) still not cleared to practice

Dallas Cowboys quarterback Andy Dalton took part in quarterback meetings on Thursday but won’t practice as he continues to recover from a concussion, coach Mike McCarthy said.

That’s a positive sign that Dalton has progressed in the next step of the concussion protocol. On Wednesday, he was allowed to take part in only general team, and not position-specific, meetings.

Rookie Ben DiNucci will take the snaps with the first team at practice. Garrett Gilbert is his backup.

Dalton, who turns 33 on Thursday, started the past two games with Dak Prescott (ankle) out for the season. He has completed 52 passes for 452 yards, with one touchdown and three interceptions.

He suffered the concussion in the Week 7 loss to the Washington Football Team on a hit by linebacker Jon Bostic. Dalton went into a slide and, with his knee on the ground, Bostic plowed his shoulder into Dalton’s facemask. The result was Dalton’s first documented NFL concussion and an ejection from the game for Bostic.

Dalton is in his first season in Dallas after spending nine years as the starter for the Cincinnati Bengals.

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Oct 25, 2020; Landover, Maryland, USA; Dallas Cowboys quarterback Andy Dalton (14) scrambles from Washington Football Team inside linebacker Cole Holcomb (55) in the second quarter at FedExField. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

Cowboys QB Dalton leaves game after hit to head

Dallas Cowboys quarterback Andy Dalton exited the game in the third quarter Sunday after taking an illegal hit to the head from Washington Football Team linebacker Jon Bostic.

Scrambling up the middle for a 6-yard gain, Dalton was sliding feet-first to the ground when he was struck in the helmet by Bostic’s right shoulder.

Video replays showed Dalton’s head slamming backward into the ground. The cart came out, but he was able to walk to the locker room.

The Cowboys said Dalton was being evaluated for a concussion and would not return.

Bostic drew a 15-yard penalty flag and was ejected from the game with 6:31 remaining in the third quarter.

Rookie Ben DiNucci, a 2020 seventh-round draft pick from James Madison, replaced Dalton with the Cowboys trailing 22-3.

Dalton, who turns 33 on Thursday, was making his second start of the season after replacing the injured Dak Prescott.

The longtime Cincinnati Bengals starter completed 9 of 19 passes for 75 yards and one interception before leaving the game. Dalton was sacked three times and rushed for 16 yards on three carries.

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