Cowboys' Michael Gallup not expected to play vs. Giants: Report

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DALLAS (105.3 The Fan) - In a surprising turn of events, Cowboys receiver Michael Gallup may not make his highly anticipated return on Monday Night Football after all.

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According to Tom Pelissero of NFL Network, Gallup is expected to be inactive for the matchup against the Giants. This is the third straight game Gallup has missed, as he continues to recover from a torn ACL he suffered at the end of last season.

Gallup participated in every practice this week and was presumed to be a slam dunk to make his debut this week. But something changed the team's minds in the last couple of days based on Cowboys head coach Mike McCarthy's comments to the media earlier this week.

“We have to be practical about it,” McCarthy said Thursday. “I don’t see Michael playing 70 plays in the game. The obvious is it’s his first game back. I think how we use, when we use him, will be part of that."

The good news is that it appears the team is just exercising extreme caution with their No. 2 wideout, as NFL Network's Jane Slater reports that Gallup didn't suffer any setbacks and the organization thinks "he needs another week."

Dallas released receiver Dennis Houston from the active roster last week (later re-signed to the practice squad), so third-round pick Jalen Tolbert, who was inactive the first two weeks, is set to make his NFL debut on Monday.

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