The Dallas Cowboys offense that retooled itself over the offseason to be more versatile and able to attack opponents in multiple ways ended up firing blanks against New Orleans in Week 4. As offensive coordinator Kellen Moore looks to get his unit on track against Green Bay, getting one of his main weapons back on the field will certainly help.
News that wide receiver Michael Gallup’s recovery from an arthroscopic knee procedure was ahead of schedule now seems to be far more than wishful thinking. After missing just two games, the second-year speedster is not only practicing, he may be a full go by Sunday, giving Dallas its entire arsenal for the Packers defense to deal with.
“Michael Gallup did more than he expected to do in Wednesday’s practice,” reports ESPN’s Todd Archer, “but the receiver said the true test of whether he can play against Green Bay after missing two games following knee surgery will come in today’s practice. He said he’s not run at full speed but he can cut. ‘It’s all really right here,’ Gallup said, tapping his head. ‘The doc says my knee is fine. It’s good. You can’t really do nothing to it. It’s just I’ve got to get it through my head that I can do it. That’s all I need.’”
Gallup got off to a hot start in 2019, snagging 13 catches for 226 yards in just two games. Though he wasn’t sidelined for long, Gallup says the urge to get back to building on those numbers has helped fuel his return to the team.
“Oh, man,” Gallup reflected to reporters at The Star. “I didn’t get to go to the game last week; I know it was crazy down there, too. I’ve been itching, just to catch a ball, just to run a route. It should be fun this week.”
The Colorado State alum says Thursday’s practice will likely be the key to his gametime status. But running back Ezekiel Elliott was already optimistic after what he saw in Wednesday’s session.
“He looked good,” Elliott said of Gallup. “He looked strong, as he always does. He looks ready to go. He’s a big, physical receiver that can stretch the field in the passing game and can run after the catch. So it’s going to be exciting getting him back and just getting another one of our weapons back on offense.”
Elliott himself will attempt to exploit a porous Packers run defense after logging just 35 yards on the ground last week. The performance marked the third-lowest rushing total of his NFL career and the fewest ever in games where he had more than 15 carries.
“The Packers’ run defense has been abysmal through four weeks,” writes NFL.com’s Kevin Patra, “allowing 142.3 rushing yards per game, 26th most in the NFL. Worse still, opponents are earning a whopping 5.0 yards per carry, 29th worst in the league.”
Elliott knows that the Green Bay defense will be thinned even further- meaning more opportunities for him- if Gallup, in fact, returns to the Cowboys lineup this Sunday afternoon.
“Just one more guy they’ve got to worry about. One more great player they’ve got to worry about.”