Friday update: Andy Dalton is listed as doubtful on the Cowboys final injury report. Dallas will go with Ben DiNucci at quarterback against the Eagles Sunday night.
Thursday noon update: Dalton will not practice on Thursday, but did return for the team’s quarterback meeting, according to Michael Gehlken. This reportedly means he is making progress in the NFL’s concussion protocol. Mike McCarthy said rookie Ben DiNucci will continue getting first-ream reps.
Dallas Cowboys quarterback Andy Dalton won’t practice on Wednesday due to the concussion he suffered in Week 7, per NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport. Rapoport goes on to say Dalton not practicing, “is not a good sign regarding his advancement through the concussion protocol.” Often, players can get some light practice in as they go through protocol, so it would be good to see him return in some capacity by Thursday to give him a chance to play this week against the Eagles.
The Cowboys used backup Ben DiNucci after Dalton took an unnecessary hit to the head from Washington’s Jon Bostic after sliding. Dalton was down for a while and there was no doubt he had suffered a concussion. Since coming in for the injured Dak Prescott, the Dalton and the Cowboys have looked shell-shocked as it is, so this injury likely added to the chaos. With no useful backups, the Cowboys could look to bring in a veteran quarterback to help get them through this season.