The Dallas Cowboys aren’t quite ready to shut the door on Andy Dalton playing on Sunday night, but they have designated him as “doubtful” heading into the game with the Philadelphia Eagles. Earlier today, coach Mike McCarthy said Dalton would have to practice on Saturday to stand any chance of playing, but also said he is currently not scheduled to practice on Saturday. He didn't rule out the possibility that Dalton could be a backup for the game, but it’s looking more and more likely that seventh-round rookie Ben DiNucci will get his first NFL start.
Here is the full report:
Andy Dalton has been ruled “doubtful” for Sunday night. Rookie QB Ben DiNucci is expected to get his first start after practicing with the first-team offense all week pic.twitter.com/mv2kYExoLi— Jon Machota (@jonmachota) October 30, 2020
It looks like Zack Martin will be back to playing this week, and while it’s assumed he will play right guard, it’s always possible they might kick him outside to tackle. That would likely depend on the health of Joe Looney. He, along with Sean Lee and Chidobe Awuzie, are eligible to come off the injured reserve list this weekend and play in the game, and they have all three been practicing to some degree. We likely won’t know their status until the weekend.
McCarthy has said some positive things about Lee and Awuzie participating in the game, but we’ve heard less about Looney’s chances.
Punter Chris Jones has been dealing with his own issues although McCarthy said he will punt on Sunday.
Cowboys added P Chris Jones (abdomen) to injury report. Been dealing with pain this season; sports hernia issues date back to 2019 when he played through it. Team added a punter to practice squad this week, but Jones doesn't carry a game-status designation. Will play vs. Eagles.— Michael Gehlken (@GehlkenNFL) October 30, 2020