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Jerry Jones on @1053thefan said he was just talking with Andy Dalton (concussion) at The Star. Jones said Dalton should be ready to go next week. “There’s no question that he’s your ticket. I would expect him to be available and, under these circumstances, be very productive.”
Dalton was pressed into starting duty after Dak Prescott suffered a compound fracture and dislocation of his right ankle. His first start ended abruptly after he received an illegal hit to the head from Washington linebacker Jon Bostic.
NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reported Bostic is likely facing a fine from the hit but will avoid a suspension.
The Cowboys play the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday. With Dalton out, Ben DiNucci will be the No. 1 option at quarterback. A seventh-round draft pick this past spring, DiNucci was 2-of-3 for 39 yards in his brief cameo against Washington.
Garrett Gilbert will be the backup, and Rapoport reported Wednesday that Dallas was signing Cooper Rush to its practice squad.
Having Dalton in Week 9 would be preferable to starting DiNucci again, but it may not make too much of a difference. At 2-5, a loss to the Eagles would be a big blow to the Cowboys' playoff hopes.
And no matter how well Dalton or DiNucci perform, they can't do anything about a defense that's allowing 408.1 yards and 34.7 points per game.