The Dallas Cowboys have quickly seen their 2020 season go up into flames through the first several weeks. Injuries have continued to wipe out their roster, which has significantly contributed to their disappointing start to the year. Sunday’s loss to the Washington Football Team featured the Cowboys taking yet another significant blow.
Cowboys’ porous start to the 2020 season
The Dallas Cowboys entered the 2020 season with high aspirations of making a strong bid for the Super Bowl.
Things have quickly unraveled well short of those lofty expectations as injuries and defensively shortcomings have marred the team. Dallas has lost several prominent players to ailments that resulted in dropping five out of their first seven games.
Their offense has received the brunt of those losses with star quarterback Dak Prescott, All-Pro left tackle Tyron Smith, and right tackle La’el Collins declared out for the rest of the season. Meanwhile, their defense has continued to play at a historically atrocious pace that could put them among the worse statistical units in league history.
These issues have continued to pile on for the Cowboys after taking another massive blow to their roster in Sunday’s disappointing loss to the Washington Football Team.
Andy Dalton suffers a head injury against Washington
Through the first six weeks of the 2020 season, the Cowboys have been ravaged with significant injuries throughout their roster.
Dallas was hit with another severe blow with former Pro Bowl quarterback Andy Dalton suffering a head injury Sunday’s game against the Washington Football Team.
The injury occurred in the third quarter after Dalton attempted to slide down on a six-yard scramble and was hit on the head back linebacker Jon Bostic. Following the play, Dalton needed help to make his way off the field and back to the locker room to receive evaluation for a concussion. Meanwhile, Bostic received an ejection for the hit after the replay showed he launched himself late behind leading with his shoulder at the veteran quarterback.
Dalton’s injury puts the Cowboys in a more significant bind with the only remaining option at the position being rookie Ben DiNucci. Dallas selected the former James Madison product in the seventh round of the year’s draft, which Sunday’s game marked the first appearance of his brief NFL career.
DiNucci completed 2-of-3 passes for 39 yards in his limited action against Washington, but struggled with a pair of recovered fumbles and was sacked three times. These new circumstances could push team owner Jerry Jones to consider another route at the position.
Will Dallas explore other quarteback options?
The 2020 season has quickly unraveled for the Cowboys, with injuries continuing to hamper their roster significantly.
Dallas may have to finally consider pushing their way toward considering other quarterback options after Andy Dalton’s head injury. The team is now down to their third-string quarterback leading their offense.
All that could guide Jerry Jones to explore the trade market or free agency to stabilize the quarterback position. Cowboys will likely add another player to the depth chart through their practice squad or free agency.
The immediate reaction to the situation suggests a possible pursuit at Ryan Fitzpatrick, given that he just lost his starting job to rookie Tua Tagovailoa. However, the Miami Dolphins will likely keep him aboard as an insurance policy if Tagovailoa struggles or suffers an injury.
If anything, the Cowboys face a greater uphill battle to guide their way through the rest of the 2020 season.