Cowboys Will Start Andy Dalton at QB as Soon as He Becomes Available

Andy Dalton with Cincinnati Bengals in 2017. Photo by Adam Lacy/CSM/REX/Shutterstock (9305816df)

Veteran quarterback Garrett Gilbert almost lead Dallas Cowboys to a win against the unbeaten Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday, but this won’t be enough for him to keep the starting job. According to Dallas’ executive vice president Stephen Jones, Andy Dalton will retake his spot as Cowboys’ starter as soon as he becomes available.

Dalton had an unfortunate past couple of weeks, first suffering a concussion against Washington and then testing positive for COVID-19. This opened up an opportunity for Gilbert, who started against the Steelers and managed the game well while also throwing for 243 yards and a touchdown.

Speaking on 105.3 The Fan on Monday, Jones praised Gilbert’s performance but quickly removed any doubt about the team’s commitment to Dalton.

“When he’s cleared, we fully expect him to step in as our starter,” said Jones.

In order for Dalton to resume his place under center, he’ll need to get a negative COVID-19 test while also being cleared of the concussion.

Andy Dalton signed with Dallas in the offseason to be a backup for Dak Prescott. But following Prescott’s season-ending injury, the three-time Pro Bowler got the opportunity to lead the Cowboys’ offense and show that he can still be a starter in this league.

So far, however, Dalton was far from impressive. He has only 452 passing yards and one touchdown in four games while throwing three interceptions and fumbling the ball twice.