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CeeDee Lamb still in NFL’s concussion protocol, questionable for Thanksgiving game

We break down the news that CeeDee Lamb is working through the NFL’s concussion protocol in Week 12.

Dallas Cowboys Wide Receiver CeeDee Lamb (88) runs after a catch during the game between the Dallas Cowboys and Atlanta Falcons on November 14, 2021 at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, TX. Photo by George Walker/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

Update: Lamb still needs to clear the NFL’s concussion protocol, putting his status somewhat in doubt for Thursday’s game.

Wednesday status update: Lamb was a limited participant in practice on Wednesday and the Cowboys have listed him as questionable for Thanksgiving.

Wednesday early PM update: The Cowboys will announce their final injury report soon, but in the meantime, Dak Prescott offered optimism about Lamb. Prescott told the media, “[Lamb] was great today. Did everything ... I don’t think we have any limitations going into the game with him,” per Michael Gehlken.

Wednesday update: Lamb will return to practice on Wednesday, showing that he has progressed quickly through concussion protocol. He will try to be completely cleared for Thursday’s matchup against the Raiders.

Tuesday status update: Lamb ended up a DNP on Tuesday. He could still be cleared but will likely need at least a limited listing on Wednesday.

Tuesday lunch time update: Cowboys head coach Mike McCarthy told the media Lamb is making progress and could do some light field work on Tuesday, per Michael Gehlken. The team will announce participation statuses this afternoon.

Tuesday AM update: Jerry Jones’ son and Cowboys executive Stephen was optimistic about Lamb’s chances of playing during a Monday afternoon radio interview. He said Lamb is “doing really well ... so, he’ll have an opportunity to play. If he were having issues today, then you’d probably be a little leery, but the fact that so far he’s doing well.”

Dallas Cowboys second-year wide receiver CeeDee Lamb did not practice Monday because of a concussion that he suffered in Sunday’s game against the Chiefs. The Cowboys did not practice on Monday, so this status update on Lamb is an estimation.

The NFL’s concussion protocol requires a player be asymptomatic both at rest and after exertion. Head coach Mike McCarthy said Lamb was involved in all the team and positional meetings on Monday, according to Michael Gehlken, which is a good sign.

Fantasy football implications

The Cowboys are already without Amari Cooper and could be without Lamb when they play later this week against the Las Vegas Raiders. The young wideout suffered a concussion in first half on Sunday against Kansas City.

On Monday morning, Ian Rapoport said on Good Morning Football that it looks like Lamb will miss the Thanksgiving Day contest. For him to have a chance to play on a short week, he’ll need to pass to the league’s concussion protocol. If he cannot play, then that means the Cowboys’ top-two receivers will be Michael Gallup and Cedrick Wilson. Gallup had five receptions (10 targets) for 44 yards, while Wilson added four receptions (seven targets) for 36 yards.