Their 26-30 loss to the Bengals was just the latest blow to an already struggling roster. The offense has already been hindered by the absence of Michael Thomas, Jarvis Landry, and Chris Olave at receiver, and now Nick Underhill of NewOrleans.football reports that quarterback Andy Dalton has suffered a back injury.
In spite of the injury, Dalton remained on the field for the duration of the game. Jameis Winston, the quarterback, played after being sidelined for two weeks due to a back injury he sustained earlier in the season.
Since the team’s upcoming game against the Arizona Cardinals is on Thursday Night Football and they have a short week to prepare, head coach Dennis Allen declined to comment after the game on who would start at quarterback.
Both Dalton and Winston were labeled as limited on the team’s projected injury report for Monday. As more information becomes available, we will update this report.
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Andy Dalton Left The Bengals, But Why?
The pressure on Dalton’s seat is higher than ever to start the 2019 season after he went 5-6 and the Bengals went 6-10 in 2018. With an 0-8 start to the season, coach Zac Taylor decided to start the season with rookie quarterback Ryan Finley instead of Dalton. After a 1-3 start,
Dalton was called back into action for the remainder of the season, despite being an N.C. State product. His return at quarterback helped the Bengals win two games, but ultimately they went 2-14 and earned the number one pick in the next year’s NFL Draft.
Joe Burrow, the quarterback for LSU, had just won the Heisman Trophy and the national championship and was widely considered the best player available in that draft. He was an elusive passer with a strong arm, making him a potential franchise quarterback for the team that drafted him.
It was on April 23, 2020, that the Bengals made Burrow their first-round pick. It was a week to the day that Dalton was let go.
The franchise will always remember Andy, and I know he will always be remembered by me, too, said team president Mike Brown in a statement. “Andy has always been the consummate professional, so today is a tough one for our team. Andy has our utmost regard and gratitude.”
He wasn’t with one team for long before he was picked up by another. Dalton was available for only two days before being signed by the Cowboys.
After Dak Prescott was hurt in Week 5, he was replaced by Andy Dalton. He had to miss time in the middle of the season due to a concussion, but he’ll be back in time to face his old team in Cincinnati on December 13, 2020.
Dalton led the Cowboys to a 30-7 rout of the Bengals, throwing for 185 yards and two touchdowns on 16 of 23 passing with Burrow out for the year with a severe knee injury.
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Will Dak Prescott Lose His Starting Job?
Last season was Prescott’s best ever as a passer, with 4,902 yards and 30 touchdowns. The Cowboys have gone 40-24 during his four years as their starting quarterback. Twice in the last four years, Dallas has made the playoffs.
In addition to Amari Cooper, Michael Gallup, and first-round pick CeeDee Lamb, Prescott has a strong group of receivers to work with.
Despite the fact that Prescott has never led the Cowboys to a losing record, the team finished 8-8 in 2018, head coach Jason Garrett resigned after 10 seasons, and contract negotiations continue.
Why Is Dalton’s Presence Important?
Prescott is the starter, but there is still talk of a contract. It means the dynamic between McCarthy and Prescott will be under extra scrutiny, and the Cowboys will continue to operate in the shadow of their controversial owner, Jerry Jones.
If the season is unsuccessful, people will start wondering if Jones will try to trade up and draft an elite quarterback in the 2021 NFL Draft. Trey Lance, Justin Fields, and Trevor Lawrence are all members of that group.
That is pure conjecture, of course, and it will only increase as the 2020 season progresses, thanks to analysts like Skip Bayless of First Take.
For the rest of the season and possibly beyond, Dalton will remain a backup quarterback unless an injury forces the team to make a change.
Winston, a former first-overall pick who was signed by the Saints this offseason, is the only backup quarterback rated higher by NFL.com than Dalton.
Additionally, Super Bowl-winning quarterbacks Nick Foles and Joe Flacco will be serving as backups in 2020.
Due to his time spent in Cincinnati, Dalton has established himself as one of the most trustworthy backup quarterbacks in the NFL.
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