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Jerry Jones won’t rule out Michael Gallup for Week 5 return

Cowboys wide receiver Michael Gallup has been sidelined since injuring his knee in Week 2. We break down the fantasy implications of Jerry Jones’ latest comments about his status.

Michael Gallup of the Dallas Cowboys runs in front of Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie during the second half at FedExField on September 15, 2019 in Landover, Maryland. Photo by Will Newton/Getty Images

The Dallas Cowboys face a stiff test at home against the Green Bay Packers in Week 5, and they’re holding out hope a key offensive weapon will be able to play. Wide receiver Michael Gallup has not played since suffering a knee injury in Week 2, and team owner/GM Jerry Jones said on Tuesday that he is not ready to rule him out for a return this week, according to Cowboys reporter Jon Machota. Jones said it will depend on how he does during the practice week.

Gallup, a 2018 third round pick, appeared to be on the verge of breaking out after a solid rookie season. He had seven receptions for 158 yards in Week 1, and then six for 68 in Week 2 before injuring his knee and missing the final quarter of the game. He has been a DNP at practice ever since.

Fantasy analysis: The Cowboys have their first practice of the week on Wednesday, at which point we’ll see if Gallup gets upgraded from DNP to limited. If he is a DNP yet again, odds are pretty good he won’t be playing on Sunday. Even missing the past two games, he remains the team’s second most productive receiver behind Amari Cooper. Randall Cobb and Jason Witten have surpassed him in targets and receptions, but both have both shorter field options. Gallup was averaging 17.4 yards per reception at the time of his injury, and when he returns stands to be a strong option in all fantasy football leagues.