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Cowboys News: Dallas unlikely to sign an additional QB, some injured players set to return

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Cowboys Rumors: DAL Not ‘Likely’ to Sign QB After Andy Dalton’s Injury - Rob Goldberg, Bleacher Report

This just isn’t the Cowboys year when it comes to injuries.

The Dallas Cowboys reportedly “aren’t likely” to sign another quarterback this week even with Andy Dalton in the league’s concussion protocol, according to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network.

As Rapoport noted, COVID-19 protocols will force any new signing to wait several days before joining a team, removing the value in Dallas signing someone this week.

Dalton’s status for next week’s game is uncertain after suffering a concussion in Sunday’s loss to the Washington Football Team.

Rookie Ben DiNucci finished the game and would presumably be the starter against the Philadelphia Eagles, while Garrett Gilbert is also on the roster.

Dalton in Protocol; Key Veterans Return This Week - Nick Eatman, DallasCowboys.com

Good news for the defense, they will be getting back another cornerback.

Whoever starts at quarterback should welcome back All-Pro guard Zack Martin, who missed Sunday’s game with a concussion he sustained the week before against Arizona.

“We get Zack Martin back this week,” Jones said. “We get Chidobe Awuzie back this week. Looks like Joe Looney may have a chance to come back, and then we’ve got the guys who are going to work every day. That’s what we have to do as a team.”

Awuzie has been out since Week 2 with a hamstring injury that landed him on IR. Looney suffered a sprained MCL on the first play of the Cleveland game on Oct. 4.

While Martin should slide back into the right gaurd spot and Awuzie is expected to start at corner, it’s uncertain if Looney would regain his starting spot at center over rookie Tyler Biadasz.

With all the changes on the O-line, the Cowboys will probably work a few different rotations that might involve Looney at guard and/or Martin even playing right tackle as he did to finish the Seattle game.

Stephen Jones says Mike McCarthy right coach for Dallas Cowboys, will turn it around - Clarence E. Hill Jr., Star Telegram

The Cowboys front office is sticking up for coach Mike McCarthy.

He believes patience is warranted and will be rewarded by a coach who took the Green Bay Packers to the playoffs for 11 straight years before being fired in 2018.

“It’s our first year with this group,” Jones said. “So, I think we’re going in the right direction. I think Coach McCarthy and his staff, it’s going to take time for them to implement what they do and the way they play. We put a lot of work in Coach McCarthy and what his track record was and how his teams played.

“Mike brings consistency to the table and it will ultimately happen here.”

The Cowboys will not only stay the course with McCarthy but also with embattled defensive coordinator Mike Nolan, despite leading a unit that ranks 31st in the league against the run, last in points allowed and remains constantly confused and out of position.

“That hasn’t crossed my mind,” McCarthy said if he was considering staff changes. “I’m focused on getting better each and every day. That’s where we are.”

Sources: Cowboys trying to trade Everson Griffen, no takers yet - Steven Mullenax, The Landry Hat

With Randy Gregory back in the lineup it’s a smart move to shop Everson Griffen.

Despite possessing a similar midseason record, the trajectory of the 2020 version of America’s Team has been much darker. That following a flurry of season-ending injuries that have left the Cowboys without several key starters, chief among them being quarterback Dak Prescott. And the defense in Dallas is threatening to be one of the worst in NFL history.

And while the Cowboys’ brass and coaching staff continue to toe the company line about not making any major changes and staying the course, sources have told ESPN’s Todd Archer that the team has attempted to trade one of their pass rushers recently. That player being defensive end Everson Griffen.

“Multiple sources said the Cowboys have shopped [Everson] Griffen, who had a sack against Washington, but have not found any takers. Would the Cowboys be better served to keep playing Griffen, who is on a one-year deal that has $3 million in guarantees, or develop fifth-round pick Bradlee Anae, who was inactive for the first time with the return of Randy Gregory from suspension?”

NFL is not punishing Jon Bostic for his dirty hit on Andy Dalton - Josh Hill, Fansided

Bostic should be fined and suspended for that hit, period.

Dallas was forced to turn to its third-string quarterback, but the only thing that needs to be taken away from this is the unnecessary brutality of the hit that Bostic delivered. There was absolutely no need for it to happen, and saying it was uncalled for goes beyond the explanation needed to define what happened.

Simply put, there’s no place for this in football yet the league itself has seemingly shrugged this off. It’s hard to overstate how disappointing that is.

Dalton is in concussion protocol and his status for Week 8 is in doubt. The Cowboys, while absolutely atrocious, are now scrambling to figure out what to do at quarterback even more so than they already were. If Dalton is unavailable to play, Ben DiNucci will be the starter but the Cowboys will still need a backup on the roster.

The NFL failing to punish Bostic for this hit doesn’t make any sense, yet why would we expect logic or reason from an organization that seems devoid of such things to a detrimental extent?

It’s time for these two-win Cowboys to make some bold changes - Todd Archer, ESPN

The Cowboys need to do something or start moving players to prepare for next season.

Does Cowboys owner and general manager Jerry Jones make another significant trade to help the defense? He said on 105.3 The Fan in Dallas last week he would be more inclined to be a buyer at the trade deadline than a seller. But who could come in and completely change the dynamic for this current Cowboys’ defense?

But Mike McCarthy did not sound like a coach who is ready to make a bold in-house move.

“I mean, we’ve had so much change just in our everyday function. I think the important thing is to stay the course. We understand the method and the things we need to do better,” McCarthy said. “This is a process and obviously, we’re not exactly where we want to be today. We’ve been challenged with a lot of moving parts as far as a lot of different players playing. So, we’ll continue to work and I do believe we will turn this in the right direction.”

What should happen then if changes are unlikely to be made on the player front?

How about making a change at defensive coordinator with Mike Nolan.

Three reasons why the Cowboys should be sellers and not buyers before the NFL trade deadline - Danny Phantom, Blogging The Boys

The Cowboys should become sellers before the trade deadline.

3. Lose them now, or lose them later

If this Cowboys team is not going anywhere this season, then what does that mean for some of the players playing in the last year of their contracts? Is this team re-signing Xavier Woods? Jourdan Lewis? While those players won’t return much on the trade market, what about a player like Michael Gallup?

Your initial reaction might be to scoff at such a notion, but let’s think this through. Gallup has one more year remaining on his contract after this season. Is the team re-signing him? Amari Cooper’s on the books for four more years after this one, and whether you think he’s worth that type of money or not, Coop’s actually a pretty good player. Cooper is quietly on pace for over 1,300 yards receiving, which would be his fifth 1,000+ yard season over his first six years in the league.

Then, there’s Lamb who the team has on a five-year rookie deal when you factor in his fifth-year option. So, where does that leave Gallup? We are seeing first hand that this team is going to waste the talent they have at the receiver position, and there is nothing they can do about it. If a wide receiver needy team came calling, would you entertain trading Gallup for a decent draft pick?

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