The Dallas Cowboys have made it official, Andy Dalton will not be available for their game against the Philadelphia Eagles Sunday night. It had pretty much been assumed that rookie Ben DiNucci would make his first start of his career, but it has been confirmed.
The Dallas Cowboys on Saturday ruled out quarterback Andy Dalton for Sunday’s game against the Philadelphia Eagles because of a concussion, which means rookie Ben DiNucci will start in the key NFC East meeting.
Dalton’s absence is a result of a hit he took in last week’s game. When the Cowboys visited the Washington Football Team, Washington linebacker Jon Bostic went low and at Andy Dalton’s head, giving him a concussion that took him out of the game.
The hit was so bad that it led to players and media all over the NFL openly calling for his suspension. While Bostic was ejected from the game after the hit, he was not suspended, although it was announced on Saturday that the NFL fined him for the altercation.
Washington LB Jon Bostic was fined $12,000 for a brutal helmet-to-helmet hit last week on sliding #Cowboys QB Andy Dalton, who suffered a concussion and is out for Sunday night’s game against the #Eagles.— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) October 31, 2020
It is hard to know exactly how the league qualifies what is worthy of an ejection, non-suspension, and fine, but whatever their exact formula is Bostic’s hit on Dalton met the criteria.