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Cowboys news: Dak Prescott and the Cowboys look to heal up heading into the bye week

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Dak Prescott injury update: Dallas Cowboys report good news with bye week ahead - Stefan Stevenson, Fort Worth Star-Telegram

The Cowboys got good news about Dak Prescott’s injury.

Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott should be available in two weeks when the team plays its next game. Coach Mike McCarthy said Monday that the MRI exam Prescott had showed no tear in his right calf.

“He has a calf strain,” McCarthy said. “The word is optimistic, but with any calf strain, there is a variance in [recovery] time. The bye week is right on time.”

McCarthy said Prescott will rest and rehabilitate his calf over the next two weeks. Prescott strained his right calf on the last play of Sunday’s 35-29 overtime win over the Patriots in New England.

The Cowboys (5-1) have a bye this week. They next play the Vikings in Minnesota on Oct. 31. McCarthy said he’s optimistic Prescott will be available then.

Cowboys RT La’el Collins Reinstated from Suspension - Sean Martin, Inside The Star

The rich just get richer with the return of Collins.

The Dallas Cowboys won’t take the field for two weeks, but the next time they do at the Vikings it will be with La’el Collins. The Cowboys right tackle has served his five game suspension, unsuccessfully appealing the ruling along the way.

In Collins’ absence, the Cowboys saw second-year tackle Terence Steele play well. The Cowboys played most of last season without Collins or starting left tackle Tyron Smith. Their five game winning streak has proved they have the depth to handle adversity in protection of Dak Prescott, but Dallas can look forward to Smith and La’el Collins playing together again in week eight.

Cowboys’ Michael Gallup: Could return to practice in Week 8 - Roto Wire Staff, CBS Sports

Just when you thought this offense was impossible to cover, they will be getting back another weapon soon.

Coach Mike McCarthy relayed that he’s “hopeful” Gallup (calf) will resume practicing in a limited fashion in advance of the Cowboys’ Oct. 31 contest versus the Vikings, Michael Gehlken of The Dallas Morning News reports.

The Cowboys will be on bye in Week 7, but it looks like Gallup could be designated to return from IR leading up to Week 8 action. With that in mind, the wideout is worth adding by fantasy managers with roster flexibility in leagues where’s been cut loose. Gallup has been sidelined since straining his left calf during Dallas’ season-opener against Tampa Bay.

Everyone’s Saying The Same Thing About Mike McCarthy Today - Andrew Holleran, The Spun

If he keeps this up and loses a playoff game for the Cowboys he won’t survive in Dallas.

Mike McCarthy and clock management aren’t on the best of terms right now.

The Dallas Cowboys head coach has struggled with clock management throughout his career. The same has been true of his time in Dallas, especially on Sunday night.

McCarthy’s struggles were on major display at the end of the fourth quarter. The Cowboys called a timeout on 4th and 1, leaving a lot of time on the clock before their game-tying field goal attempt.

The kick was good, but it left more than 20 seconds left on the clock for the Patriots. While New England didn’t do anything with that time, it’s fair to question McCarthy for his decision.

CBS announcer Tony Romo called him out on the broadcast, questioning the decision.

Everyone else has taken to social media to call out McCarthy for his brutal clock management.

“Mike McCarthy and clock management are not allies,” Colin Cowherd tweeted.

“McCarthy is overmatched when it comes to clock management,” Skip Bayless added.

“Mike McCarthy’s clock management provides endless entertainment,” Bennett Conlin added.

“Kellen Moore runs Dallas’ offense. Dan Quinn runs Dallas’ defense. Mike McCarthy mismanages the clock and makes incredibly stupid decisions,” Doug Farrar added.

The hype is real for Dak Prescott and the Dallas Cowboys - Peter King, NBC Sports

The Cowboys bandwagon is picking up steam.

“I think what we’ve shown now, six games in, is we can win games on offense or defense. We’re feeling pretty good about ourselves.”

They should. Who saw any team with a three-game lead in the NFC East after six weeks?

So many good quarterbacks now. In my 38 seasons covering the NFL, I’ve never seen a class of quarterbacks as good as this one. Try to make a top 10 right now, for how quarterbacks are playing right now. Not who are the best, but how they’re playing right now, this month. It’s fruitless, but here goes:

1 Kyler Murray

2 Josh Allen

3 Dak Prescott

4 Lamar Jackson

5 Tom Brady

6 Aaron Rodgers

7 Justin Herbert

8 Patrick Mahomes

9 Matthew Stafford

10 Kirk Cousins

11 Derek Carr

12 Joe Burrow

Joe Burrow, playing with such command an confidence and accuracy, 12th? That just shows the depth of these quarterbacks now. Plus, it’s so fungible. If I did this in three weeks, Mahomes could be first. Lamar Jackson could be. Anyway, my point is there’s an embarrassment of riches at quarterback right now. But Prescott, no matter how you quantify or qualify your factors for such a list, has gone in five years from the 135th player picked in the draft to someone so trustworthy, someone so indispensable, that he’ll be a fixture on talk-show lists like this for years. And no one will be remotely surprised if it’s Prescott and the Cowboys who go on a tear this year, and if it’s the Cowboys who get hot at the right time and storm into Super Bowl 56 in Los Angeles in four months.

Dallas Cowboys at New England Patriots: 5 winners, 3 honorable mentions, and 3 losers - RJ Ochoa, Blogging The Boys

The Cowboys do have a few things they need to clean up over the bye week.

Loser: Team Discipline

The Cowboys were penalized 12 times for 115 yards in this game. That they won remains one of the more improbable things to happen to them in some time. We also saw a handful of mental mistakes from the Cowboys throughout this contest. Ultimately they were either a little asleep at the wheel, intimidated by Bill Belichick, or just confused for some reason or another.

It is a good thing that Dallas won this game, but they won’t win many games with this kind of formula.

Loser: Connor Williams

People are generally hard on Connor Williams which is strange given that he has been one of the more stable players on the team so far this season, but that was certainly not the case on Sunday.

Williams had a terrible fourth quarter and almost knocked the Cowboys out of range to keep the game alive as they were driving down by three. Sometimes bad games happen and that is in no way an excuse, hopefully Connor Williams bounces back soon enough.

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