If you’re looking for a saying that adequately describes the feeling around Cowboys Nation right now let me suggest “Laissez les bons temps rouler”, or for all you non-French-Cajun speaking people, “let the good times roll”. Appropriate, right?
Fresh off their most dominant win to date, against the division rival Philadelphia Eagles, the Dallas Cowboys are riding a high right now heading into the Week 4 matchup with the 3-0 Carolina Panthers. While the Panthers hope to slow down a hot Cowboys team, Dallas will be doing their best to keep the good times rolling.
Believe it or not, but there is some good news on the horizon for the Dallas Cowboys. With Week 3 now in the books, the Cowboys could possibly have some reinforcements joining the team either this week prior to taking on the undefeated Panthers, or soon after. Headlining that list is none other than Neville Gallimore, a projected starter prior to his injury.
Neville Gallimore was a third-round pick in 2020 by the Dallas Cowboys and ended up starting nine games for them as a rookie. He was expected to play a pretty significant role as a starter this year as pretty much the lone holdover from a season ago at his position. Sadly, a hyperextended elbow injury in preseason landed him on injured reserve.
Like the horror movie, Gallimore hurt his elbow Friday the 13th back in August in the preseason game against the Arizona Cardinals. It was reported the injury would keep him sidelined for 4-6 weeks, but to give him a little extra time to heal properly the Cowboys placed him on IR instead. Now, if healthy, he can rejoin his teammates on the field.
Gallimore isn’t the only Cowboys IR-to-return player who could be activated this week. No, Michael Gallup still has another week until he can return because his injury happened in Week 1. However, players like Kelvin Joseph, Francis Bernard, Sean McKeon, Josh Ball, and Malik Turner can all join the active roster if activated off of IR this week.
Neville Gallimore and Kelvin Joseph more than likely have the best chance to be activated off of IR if healthy this week. Gallimore would be a boost to the Cowboys defensive line rotation, while Joseph would provide some depth in the secondary. Of course, that’s if they are healthy.
With a noon kickoff this week, after playing a Monday night game, the Dallas Cowboys may choose to stick with the status quo in Week 4 instead of making any kind of roster moves. It will be interesting to see if either Neville Gallimore or Kelvin Joseph starts getting eased into practice this week though. If they do, they could possibly suit up against Carolina.
As injury reports surface this week monitoring the status of some of the Cowboys players currently on injured reserve might prove worthwhile. In order to keep the good times rolling, these IR-to-return players could definitely be significant additions in the not-too-distant future. Whether or not that happens this week though remains to be seen.