Garrett Gilbert has suddenly made a long and wildly unimpressive Dallas Cowboys quarterback carousel mushroom into a quarterback controversy, loosely stated, and even if it is for the right to lead a 2-7 team into the second half of a 2020 season torpedoed by injury and a myriad of other glaring factors. It's been an unmitigated disaster following the season-ending injury to Dak Prescott suffered in Week 5, and Andy Dalton has now missed the last two games after suffering a concussion and then having been placed on the COVID-19 list while trying to be cleared from the first injury.
It's undetermined if Dalton will be cleared to return from both concussion protocol and the COVID-19 list in Week 11, but it's likely he'll suit up, considering the fact he'll have two weeks before the Cowboys meet the Minnesota Vikings at US Bank Stadium. The story went on to say the problem for Dalton and the Cowboys is now clear, because they need to figure out if they'll return the keys to him after consistently hammering home their belief in him and accompanying salary, or if they'll ride with Gilbert.
As far as Dallas Cowboys executive vice president Stephen Jones is concerned, Dak Prescott's season-ending right ankle injury does nothing to change the organization's thinking about the quarterback.
"Absolutely not," Jones said on 105.3 The Fan in Dallas. "He's our future. He's special. If anyone can overcome anything, it would be Dak. This is something that our doctors feel good that he'll overcome and come back better than ever."
Prescott is set to be an unrestricted free agent after this season after playing on the $31.4 million franchise tag in 2020. The Cowboys can use the tag on him again next March, which would cost $37.7 million, or allow him to test the free-agent market, the story said.
Once Dalton entered Sunday, the Cowboys used more of Elliott, who had 19 carries for 91 yards, behind a remade offensive line that included two undrafted free agents at tackle (Brandon Knight and Terence Steele) and a rookie at center, the story said. The good news for potential Dalton owners is, he has never had the skill-player talent he has in Elliott, Gallup, Cooper and Lamb.