Michael Gallup is ready to return for the Dallas Cowboys, and they couldn’t be happier. After having seen their usually prolific offense nearly shut out by the Denver Broncos in Week 9, it stands to reason adding Gallup back to the mix will only help Dak Prescott regain his swagger going forward, after struggling to one of his (if not the) worst games of his NFL career in his return from a calf strain this past weekend. Gallup was moved to injured reserve following the Week 1 loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers with a calf strain of his own, and was recently designated to return from IR on Oct. 26 — starting his 21-day window to either revert back to IR or be activated to the 53-man roster.
It’ll be the latter for Gallup, who is expected to be placed back on the roster this week and return to the field in the coming Week 10 matchup with the visiting Atlanta Falcons. Sources tell CBS Sports Gallup was “very, very close” to being available in Week 9, but the Cowboys opted to give him one more week of ramp-up work while also seeing how well Cedrick Wilson Jr. had played in his absence.
In other words, they weren’t desperate so they didn’t push the issue — as has been the case with all of their IR returnees.
Exiting a humiliating outing against the Broncos, however, they’re happy to see the return of their other 1,000-yard receiver to their stable of weapons that include Amari Cooper and CeeDee Lamb, along with Dalton Schultz and running backs Ezekiel Elliott and Tony Pollard out of the backfield. For while each has the ability to stretch the field, the definitive deep-threat is Gallup, whose speed, physicality and particular brand of football violence allows him to run past, through, and around defensive backs, while also having the verticality to high point catches and muscle them away from others.