Late Sunday evening word broke that the Dallas Cowboys were going to conduct MRIs on both Antwaun Woods and Michael Gallup on Monday. Needless to say, people have been holding their breath waiting for results.
It appears that the results are in fact in and they’re not great, although they’re not terrible. According to NFL Network, Michael Gallup will be having arthroscopic surgery for his torn meniscus (no structural damage) and is expected to miss 2-4 weeks.
Sources: #Cowboys promising WR Michael Gallup is having arthroscopic surgery to trim his meniscus, knocking him out 2-4 weeks. No structural damage besides the meniscus tear, so the return should be quick.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) September 16, 2019
Gallup currently leads the Cowboys in receiving yards and targets so missing him is hardly ideal for the offense as a whole and especially for Dak Prescott. Thankfully Dallas still has an assortment of aerial options at receiver including Amari Cooper, Randall Cobb, and Devin Smith who showed up in the win at Washington.
Dallas also had Cedrick Wilson active in D.C. so it’s fair to assume that he’ll stick around. Offensive coordinator Kellen Moore has been very capable of being creative with what he has and he’ll surely be able to power through this.
Cowboys next five weeks before the bye:
- Week 3: Miami Dolphins (0-2)
- Week 4: at New Orleans Saints (1-1)
- Week 5: Green Bay Packers (2-0)
- Week 6: at New York Jets (0-1... play on Monday Night Football)
- Week 7: Philadelphia Eagles (1-1)
Dallas has an easy-looking game this Sunday against the Dolphins and it’s generally assumed that they’ll stay undefeated on the young season. What’s more is that it was announced on Monday morning that Saints quarterback Drew Brees is going to miss significant time and will in fact be absent for the Cowboys game in the Big Easy in two weeks.
It’s certainly worth noting that if Gallup’s surgery does sideline him for four weeks that the Cowboys could try to get through that Eagles game without him and give him all the more extra time because they are on bye after that. It would obviously be a gamble.
Factoring all of this in the Gallup news isn’t terrible. The second-year wide receiver has looked fantastic through two weeks and the focus should be getting him back to full health for games that are going to be more difficult.