Without directly giving a timeline, Jerry Jones gave perhaps the most encouraging update to date on Michael Gallup.
Still rehabbing from his torn ACL sustained in Week 17 last season, Gallup has been making progress during Dallas Cowboys training camp. He was spotted running routes and catching passes from Dak Prescott on Aug. 18, further ramping up curiosity around his Week 1 availability.
Jerry Jones last week expressed optimism that Gallup would avoid beginning the season on the PUP list, which would keep him out through Week 4. The 26-year-old has not been laying the groundwork for a Week 1 return, but if the Cowboys’ situation, hypothetically, was dire, it sounds like the wideout playing would be on the table.
"If this was the Super Bowl, Gallup would be lining up and playing. If (our game Week 1) against Tampa were the Super Bowl, he’d be lining up and playing,” Jones said Tuesday during his weekly appearance on “Shan and RJ”. “So, we’re going to be cautious – or not cautious, but conservative – with him. He won’t be out there more than likely against Tampa, but if it were the Super Bowl he’d be playing. He’s that ready.”
Of course, it makes plenty of sense that the Cowboys would take things slow with Gallup. The wide receiver situation is uncertain given all the youth at the position, making Gallup a supremely important part of the mix this season. It’s for that reason getting him back as soon as possible is imperative, but also why the Cowboys are justifiably wary of getting him back into the fold too soon.
Gallup played just nine games last season, catching 35 of his 62 targets for 445 yards with a pair of touchdowns.