Michael Gallup’s recovery became more important after the schedule was released

Michael Gallup’s rehab was relatively quiet. There have been no announcements, updates or timetables in the past few weeks. Fans will have to keep their fingers crossed and hope the news is positive during training camp or whenever updates arrive.

However, the NFL did the Dallas Cowboys a disservice in this matter. Because in the early weeks of the season, not only will the Cowboys face off against some of their toughest opponents of 2022, but they’re also playing great offense at this stage. This means Dallas could go without his WR2 during a few barn burners.

Michael Gallup’s injury schedule became more important after the schedule was released

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There isn’t much information out there about Gallup’s recovery at this time. But as of this writing, he seems unlikely to adjust for the first week:

A month later, Mike McCarthy commented on the situation. However, little clarification was added:

Cowboys head coach Mike McCarthy told reporters Tuesday that Gallup is “doing very well” in his recovery. When training camp arrives, Dallas may have a more specific schedule for Gallup’s debut of the 2022 season.

Currently not expected to be ready for Week 1.

Since then there has been no further information. As mentioned in McCarthy’s last comment, training camp seems to be when fans will know his true schedule.

And fans must now hope that the schedule is as short as possible.

Based on projected win totals, the 2022 Cowboys will play four teams whose line is set at 10-plus wins for next season. Three of those matchups take place in the first five weeks of the season. And in week six, they play away against the Philadelphia Eagles, who are sitting on 9.5 wins predicted.

But it’s not just because they face some difficult opponents in the first few weeks. These games could easily turn into an offensive fight. The Cowboys will face five teams that finished in the top ten by offensive EPA per game last season. Three of these games take place in the first five weeks. And the Eagles ranked as the 11th offense last season.

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And of the Bengals, Rams, Buccaneers and Eagles, all of whom finished on top 11 offense and were on the Cowboys’ roster for the first six weeks, only the Rams finished on top 10 defense. It’s entirely possible that Dallas will be involved in multiple matchups in the first six games that will become a game of “who has the ball last”. These are matchups ripe for big overs and lots of points.

Which makes the Gallup breach all the more impactful. If Dallas needs to score in these matchups, they may have to do so without their second-best receiving option. Perhaps Gallup just misses week one and is back for the Bengals matchup in week two. But he could also have a longer schedule than fans are expecting as the ACL tear happened in week 17.

What does this mean for Dallas? Well, there are two implications of the opening schedule:

  1. Now more than ever, fans must hope that Gallup recovers as planned. The NFL filled Dallas’ schedule with high-profile offensive matchups where the fifth-year veteran would make a tangible impression. For this reason, Gallup’s injury could be the most important story to go to camp.
  2. Jalen Tolbert and James Washington need to be ready for the first week. This means a rookie who hasn’t played an NFL snap and a newly signed free agent must be willing to contribute. Because there’s a very real possibility that Dallas will throw 40+ times in these matchups with Lamb, Tolbert and Washington as a WR trio. Granted, Schultz will likely see more work if Gallup misses, but these two new Cowboys must be ready to go.

If the difficult opening plan has a ray of hope on the horizon, the last eight weeks will be significantly easier. And until then, Gallup will certainly be healthy. At the very least, he shouldn’t be recovering from the ACL injury.

But the second half of the season is still ages away. The most important game right now is the first week at home against Tampa Bay. Although it looks like Gallup will be missing, there are still four months until this game. Keep a close eye on Gallup’s status as the NFL and schedule release require a speedy return from WR.

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