Michael Gallup

Dallas Cowboys
Wide Receiver #13
Dallas Cowboys
Wide Receiver #13
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Michael Gallup News

Hasn't had surgery yet

Coach Mike McCarthy revealed Wednesday that Gallup (knee) hasn't yet had surgery to repair his torn ACL, Michael Gehlken of The Dallas Morning News reports.

Analysis: This isn't out of the ordinary, as it often takes a few weeks for swelling to subside after an ACL injury, even when it's a "clean tear" like Gallup's without significant damage to surrounding ligaments. As of Wednesday, it'd been two and a half weeks since Gallup suffered the injury in a Week 17 loss to Arizona. Still, the timing at the end of the season does put him in serious danger of missing the start of the 2022 campaign, a major complication as he's scheduled for unrestricted free agency this spring.

Jan 19, 2022 1:00 PM EST

Officially hits injured reserve

Gallup (knee) has been placed on injured reserve, Jon Machota of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: This roster move was obviously forthcoming when it was announced Monday that Gallup had torn his ACL. He is looking at a 2022 return to the field as a result, leaving the Cowboys down a major receiving threat for the end of the regular season and the postseason runs. CeeDee Lamb and Amari Cooper sit as the clear top two wideouts with Gallup sidelined, while Cedrick Wilson figures to step into a much larger role moving forward.

Jan 4, 2022 11:00 AM EST

Torn ACL confirmed

Gallup underwent an MRI on Monday that confirmed that he suffered a clean ACL tear in Sunday's loss to the Cardinals, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

Analysis: Gallup will miss the remainder of the season as a result of his injury, but he's expected to make a full recovery. The 25-year-old appeared in eight games for the Cowboys during the 2021 campaign and secured 32 of 58 targets for 409 yards and a touchdown. Gallup is slated to become a free agent during the offseason after spending his first four professional seasons in Dallas.

Jan 3, 2022 10:40 AM EST

Torn ACL feared

Cowboys team owner Jerry Jones said the team believes Gallup has a torn ACL, and he's scheduled to get an MRI on Monday to confirm the injury, Michale Gehlken of the Dallas Morning News reports.

Analysis: A torn ACL would not only knock Gallup out for the remainder of this season, but it would also most likely sideline him for most or all of next season as well. It's a tough break for Gallup, who suffered the injury while scoring a 21-yard touchdown in the second quarter. Cedrick Wilson -- who scored a touchdown in the fourth quarter -- will feature in three-receiver sets alongside CeeDee Lamb and Amari Cooper moving forward. Gallup finishes the season with 35 catches for 445 yards and two touchdowns.

Jan 2, 2022 4:59 PM EST

Injures left knee Sunday

Gallup won't return to Sunday's game against the Cardinals due to a left knee injury, Calvin Watkins of The Dallas Morning News reports.

Analysis: Gallup got the Cowboys on the scoreboard just before halftime with a leaping 21-yard touchdown, but he seemed to hurt himself when he planted his left leg in the moment preceding the catch. Per Michael Gehlken of The Dallas Morning News, the team's medical staff conducted the ACL test on Gallup's left knee before he required assistance to get to the sideline and eventually the locker room. Considering he was ruled out shortly thereafter, Gallup's fate already may be known, but the nature of the injury hasn't been confirmed. Cedrick Wilson, Noah Brown and Malik Turner figure to mix into the offense more moving forward alongside starters CeeDee Lamb and Amari Cooper.

Jan 2, 2022 2:52 PM EST

Catches two passes in win

Gallup secured two of five targets for 53 yards in Sunday's 56-14 win over Washington.

Analysis: Gallup didn't necessarily have a huge game Sunday, but his five targets were a promising sight as the Cowboys offense got back on track against Washington. In fact, the 25-year-old wideout has not seen fewer than five targets in any of the eight games he's played this season. Always a threat for a big play, Gallup could be hard to trust in the fantasy playoffs with so many mouths to feed in Dallas. The Cowboys will host the Cardinals in Week 17.

Dec 27, 2021 12:37 PM EST

Three grabs in Sunday's win

Gallup caught three of five targets for 32 yards in Sunday's win over the Giants.

Analysis: He finished third on the Cowboys in catches, targets and yards behind Dalton Schultz and CeeDee Lamb on an afternoon in which there was little pressure on the offense to air it out. Gallup has caught at least three passes in six straight games since returning to the lineup from a calf injury, giving him a solid floor heading into a Week 16 rematch with Washington.

Dec 20, 2021 10:14 AM EST

Efficiency lags

Gallup caught five passes for 60 yards on nine targets against Washington on Sunday.

Analysis: Gallup's nine targets ranked ahead of Amari Cooper (seven), and barely behind CeeDee Lamb (10). It's unfortunate that Gallup couldn't capitalize with better returns on the workload, but the Washington defense made it hard on Gallup and quarterback Dak Prescott. Dallas faces the Giants on the road in Week 15, and if Gallup's recent target rate holds up then he could see some big-play opportunities in that setting.

Dec 12, 2021 2:26 PM EST

Athletic TD grab in win

Gallup brought in five of nine targets for 36 yards and a touchdown in the Cowboys' 27-17 win over the Saints on Thursday night.

Analysis: Gallup made a trademark acrobatic touchdown grab in right corner of the end zone with just under a minute remaining in the first quarter to cap off an 80-yard scoring march and put the first points of the night on the board. The fourth-year wideout now encouragingly has three straight five-catch efforts on a total of 27 targets heading into a Week 14 road matchup versus Washington a week from Sunday.

Dec 2, 2021 9:11 PM EST

Tops century mark in OT loss

Gallup caught five of eight targets for 106 yards in a 36-33 overtime loss to the Raiders on Thanksgiving.

Analysis: With Amari Cooper (COVID-19) and CeeDee Lamb (concussion) both out of action, Gallup was the Cowboys' de facto No. 1 wideout, although it took a little while for him and Dak Prescott to get on the same page Thursday. The 100-yard performance was Gallup's first of the season, but his role is likely to diminish in Week 13 against the Saints with Cooper at least expected back in the lineup.

Nov 25, 2021 10:32 PM EST

Headed for No. 1 wideout role

Gallup is expected to serve as Dallas' No. 1 wideout Thursday against the Raiders with Amari Cooper (illness) on the reserve/COVID-19 list and with CeeDee Lamb (concussion) listed as questionable but not in line to play, Jon Machota of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: During the nine games in which both have appeared this season, Cooper and Lamb have averaged a combined 15.3 targets per contest. That leaves plenty of volume up for grabs among the Dallas pass catchers, and Gallup should rank at the top of the pecking order for targets among the available options. After Cooper sat out last week's loss to the Chiefs and Lamb exited early due to the head injury, Gallup finished with 10 targets, though he only caught five of them for 44 yards.

Nov 25, 2021 9:27 AM EST

Role increases Sunday

Gallup caught five of 10 targets for 44 yards in Sunday's 19-9 loss to Kansas City.

Analysis: With Amari Cooper (COVID-19) unavailable and CeeDee Lamb leaving the game early with a concussion, Gallup ended up leading the Cowboys in targets, although Dak Prescott didn't get enough time in the pocket to stretch the field and let routes develop. Dallas faces a short week before facing the Raiders on Thanksgiving, potentially leaving Gallup as the team's No. 1 wideout in Week 12.

Nov 21, 2021 8:37 PM EST

Three catches in return

Gallup (calf) caught three of five targets for 42 yards in Sunday's 43-3 win over Atlanta.

Analysis: Gallup returned from IR for his first appearance since the season opener. He ranked third among Dallas' wide receivers in yardage behind CeeDee Lamb (94) and Amari Cooper (51), so Gallup slotted into his customary role as the team's No. 3 option at the position. Lamb exited with an arm bruise after scoring two touchdowns, but the injury is believed to be minor, so Gallup's spot on the depth chart should remain unchanged in Week 11 against the Chiefs.

Nov 14, 2021 1:20 PM EST

Set to return Week 10

Gallup (calf) was activated off injured reserve Saturday, Michael Gehlken of The Dallas Morning News reports.

Analysis: Gallup is now set to make his return after missing the last seven games with a left calf strain. The 25-year-old will immediately slide in as the slot receiver alongside stalwarts Amari Cooper and CeeDee Lamb, pushing Cedrick Wilson out of the starting lineup.

Nov 13, 2021 12:30 PM EST

Remains on track to play Sunday

Cowboys head coach Mike McCarthy said Thursday that Gallup (calf) remains on course to return from injured reserve for Sunday's game against the Falcons, Rob Phillips of the Cowboys' official site reports.

Analysis: Since Gallup won't officially be a member of the 53-man roster until he's activated, the Cowboys don't have to include him on their Week 10 injury report, but McCarthy hinted that the wideout was scheduled to be a full participant in Wednesday's practice. Gallup seemingly didn't suffer any setbacks with his calf coming out of Wednesday's session, leaving McCarthy confident that the 25-year-old won't face any limitations with his snap count in his expected return to the lineup Sunday. Assuming that's the case, Gallup should slot in as the No. 3 wideout on the depth chart behind Amari Cooper (hamstring) and CeeDee Lamb.

Nov 11, 2021 9:59 AM EST

Expected back Week 10

Cowboys head coach Mike McCarthy said Gallup (calf) will practice fully Wednesday and is expected to return from injured reserve ahead of Sunday's game against the Falcons, Michael Gehlken of The Dallas Morning News reports.

Analysis: Gallup was cleared to resume practicing Oct. 25, but after he had missed the preceding five games with a left calf strain, the Cowboys were inclined to ease him back in slowly. He's continued to gradually progress in his recovery from the injury in practices the past two weeks, and his advancement to full activity Wednesday should put him on track to play Week 10 for the first time since the season opener. Gallup will likely displace Cedrick Wilson as the No. 3 receiver behind Amari Cooper and CeeDee Lamb in a usually high-powered Dallas offense that surprisingly sputtered in a 30-16 loss to Denver this past weekend.

Nov 8, 2021 2:36 PM EST

Remains on IR

Gallup (calf) was not activated off IR in advance of Sunday's game against the Broncos, per the Cowboys' official site.

Analysis: There had been hope that Gallup, who last played in Week 1, might be ready for Week 9 action, but now his next chance to suit up will arrive next Sunday against the Falcons. In his ongoing absence, fellow wideout Cedrick Wilson is slated to continue to see added work in Dallas' passing offense.

Nov 6, 2021 3:56 PM EST

May need another week

Coach Mike McCarthy said Wednesday "we'd like to see another week's work" when asked about the chances of Gallup (calf) returning for Sunday's game against Denver, Michael Gehlken of The Dallas Morning News reports.

Analysis: "We're really trusting the rehab process and timelines of what's ideal, what's a little early," McCarthy said. Gallup hasn't played since Week 1 due to a calf strain, and while the Cowboys haven't yet ruled him out for Week 9, it looks like the fourth-year wideout may be trending toward one more absence. If Gallup indeed misses Sunday's game against Denver, Cedrick Wilson will once again operate as the Cowboys' No. 3 wideout.

Nov 3, 2021 9:50 AM EST

Likely a week away

Cowboys VP Stephen Jones said Friday that Gallup (calf) has been moving well in practice and is "right around the corner" but probably won't make it back for Sunday's game in Minnesota, Jon Machota of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: The Cowboys designated Gallup to return from IR on Monday, opening a 21-day window to move him back to the active roster. He's been practicing since Wednesday and hasn't officially been ruled out for Week 8, but it sounds like Week 9 against Denver is the more likely return date. Fill-in No. 3 receiver Cedrick Wilson has averaged only 3.2 targets and 28.8 receiving yards in the five games Gallup has missed.

Oct 29, 2021 12:31 PM EST

Returns to practice

Gallup (calf) returned to practice Wednesday, Michael Gehlken of The Dallas Morning News reports.

Analysis: The report notes that Gallup was "still taking it slow" in his first practice since Week 1, but teammate CeeDee Lamb did mention that Gallup was "all smiles" and should be "back in no time." The Cowboys have opened their 21-day window to bring Gallup back from IR, setting up a return at some point Weeks 8-10. It isn't yet clear if he has a realistic shot to play Sunday night against the Vikings.

Oct 27, 2021 11:48 AM EST

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