McCarthy prepares QB DiNucci to start against Eagles with Dalton in concussion protocol


It doesn’t look like Andy Dalton is making a miraculous comeback this week.

Dallas Cowboys Coach Mike McCarthy told 105.3 The Fan on Friday morning that Dalton remains in concussion protocol, and the Cowboys are preparing as if Ben DiNucci will start Sunday night against the Eagles.

The final decision on Dalton will come on Saturday, but while Dalton remains as deeply committed to protocol as ever, the chances of him being ready for Sunday are extremely low.

Dalton suffered the concussion after receiving a massive blow to the head of linebacker Jon Bostic in Sunday’s loss to Washington. The QB’s head bounced off the grass, and he needed help from the sideline. The brutal blow is likely hitting Dalton at least this week. It remains to be seen how long this lasts.

QB’s second injury in Dallas puts DiNucci in the spotlight.

“He’s a confident young man. He has a lot of tools to work with, ”McCarthy said Friday morning, via Jon Machota de The Athletic.

The Cowboys selected DiNucci in the seventh round after two seasons at James Madison after starting his college career at Pitt.

“As a quarterback you have to have a little something going for you,” the rookie told reporters on Thursday. “You have to be confident whether you’re a veteran or a rookie. ”

DiNucci’s last start was at the FCS Championship last January against North Dakota State. Sunday night’s football against NFC East rival Philadelphia is a much different stage.

“Football is football. It’s the sport I’ve been playing since I was in seventh, ”said DiNucci.

The Cowboys are hoping the rookie doesn’t end up looking like a seventh grader on Sunday night.


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