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Cowboys quarterback Andy Dalton officially has a concussion, will be in protocol for Week 8

The Cowboys may have to paly their third-string QB next week.

NFL: Dallas Cowboys at Washington Football Team Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

A frightening scene unfolded during the third quarter of Sunday’s game against Washington Football Team as Dallas Cowboys quarterback Andy Dalton went down with what immediately looked to be a serious head injury.

Dalton was taken off of the field and Washington linebacker Jon Bostic was ejected for the clearly egregious hit. Speculation began on the broadcast and on social media that Dalton was dealing with a concussion and reports following the team’s loss have confirmed that.

Dalton has obviously started at quarterback for the Cowboys over the last two games as they have tried to stabilize themselves without Dak Prescott. Rookie seventh-round pick Ben DiNucci entered the game for Dalton, veteran Garrett Gilbert is on the team but was inactive for both of these last two games.

With Dalton in the concussion protocol is it obviously unclear who the Cowboys will be starting for their Sunday Night Football game against the Philadelphia Eagles next week. As noted, their current options are DiNucci and Gilbert, but for all we know Dalton will be ready to go by then. There is a lot that we will have to wait and see about between now and then.

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