Cowboys Get Bad News on Andy Dalton Concussion

Max Staley
Dallas Cowboys get some bad news on Andy Dalton's concussion update.
Dallas Cowboys get some bad news on Andy Dalton's concussion update. / Scott Taetsch/Getty Images

Dallas Cowboys quarterback Andy Dalton suffered a concussion on a brutal hit from Washington Football Team linebacker Jon Bostic in Week 7. The hit ultimately resulted in Bostic's ejection.

While Dalton was able to attend Dallas' Wednesday morning meeting, he hasn't cleared concussion protocol and won't practice today. That will likely force Dallas to trot out seventh-round rookie quarterback Ben DiNucci in a must-win matchup against the Philadelphia Eagles, which is obviously a tough break for the team.

Dalton does theoretically still have a chance to suit up, but at this point it doesn't look likely.

Filling in for Dalton in Week 7, DiNucci completed 2-of-3 attempts for 39 yards. He had more sacks (3) than completions, though, and the rookie put the ball on the ground twice. Assuming DiNucci starts, Cowboys fans should prepare themselves for a repeat performance.

Philadelphia's pass-rushing unit is very comparable to Washington's, with the Football Team generating a 10.0% sack rate (No. 2 in the NFL) and the Eagles' pass-rush boasting a sack rate of 9.2% (No. 3). That spells trouble given how banged up the Cowboys' offensive line is.

DiNucci will have to do a much better job at dealing with pressure for Dallas to have a shot in this must-win game. Hopefully Dalton can get healthy soon.

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