Down by 10, the wide receiver made an acrobatic catch in the end zone for a 21-yard touchdown to make the game 10-7. The touchdown was great, but what happened after wasn’t. On the ground after the catch, Gallup began to grab his knee. The medical staff rushed to his side and had to help him off the field.
Shortly after the touchdown, Gallup was ruled out for the remainder of the game. Fans listened to the broadcast eagerly for an update, but none was given until after the game.
In his postgame interview, owner Jerry Jones told the press that he believes the free-agent receiver suffered a torn ACL. Gallup will undergo an MRI Monday morning to confirm. This is a huge loss for the Cowboys, who would have loved to head into the playoffs with their WR trio healthy.
With Michael Gallup’s season-ending ACL injury, Cowboys wide receiver Cedrick Wilson will need to step up again
This isn’t the first time Gallup has gone down this season. The wide receiver hurt his ankle in the Week 1 contest against the Buccaneers, causing him to miss Weeks 2-9. Wide receiver Cedrick Wilson was there in Gallup’s absence and did a phenomenal job as a WR3. During Gallup’s first injury, Wilson had 16 receptions on 24 targets, 256 receiving yards, and three touchdowns.
The 26-year-old stepped up again when Gallup went down in the Week 17 game, too. Wilson had a touchdown and a 2-point conversion against the Cardinals. He also caught all six of his targets for 35 receiving yards and threw a ball to Tony Pollard for a big gain on a trick play.
Gallup himself even tweeted multiple times about Wilson’s standout performance during the game to cheer his teammate on.
Wilson will need to do exactly what he did in Week 17 in the playoffs if the Cowboys want a chance at a postseason run. We already saw that playing a formidable opponent for the first time in four weeks didn’t go according to plan. It won’t get any easier in the playoffs.
If Wilson can play as well as he played in Gallup’s absence in the past, he will help give Dallas a chance. But that will also require the rest of his teammates to play at a much higher level than they did against Arizona. No one they face in the playoffs will be any easier to beat.