Dallas Cowboys Wide Receiver Michael Gallup Tears ACL

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Michael Gallup left Sunday’s game with what was initially believed to be a minor injury. Sadly, that is not the case. Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones has confirmed the wide receiver suffered a torn ACL. This injury will bring an end to the impending free agent’s 2021 NFL season and is a crushing blow for a team with Super Bowl aspirations. Gallup is now the second free agency-bound wide receiver to tear an ACL late in the season. Tampa Bay Buccaneers wideout Chris Godwin also tore his ACL just a few weeks ago.

Michael Gallup Done for the Season After Tearing His ACL

Gallup left the game after scoring a touchdown in the second quarter of the team’s loss to the Arizona Cardinals. Though he was able to walk off the field, the injury turned out to be worse than initially feared.  The injury could not have come at a worse time for Gallup given the circumstances. Now he will be forced to enter the free agency period with little bargaining power. Gallup was expected to command a high salary, but that is likely no longer the case.

On the season, Gallup has registered 35 receptions for 445 yards and two touchdowns. He accumulated 12.7 yards per reception, 49.4 yards per game, and a catch rating of 56.5% and he has not lost a fumble. He has started in eight of the nine games he played in this season.

This is also bad timing for the Cowboys as their offense is currently struggling with consistency issues. The timing is even worse for Gallup but he is only 25 years old. He still has plenty of time to recover and become a star player in this league. The best bet for him would be to sign a one-year deal this off-season. Gallup would then have the opportunity to go through free agency again, presumably healthy. Only then will he have the opportunity to sign a big contract.

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