Cowboys’ Michael Gallup rumored to be 100% by August after ACL tear
During the Week 17 contest against the Arizona Cardinals, Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Michael Gallup went up to grab a touchdown pass. While he did come down with the ball, he also came down in noticeable pain. It was revealed that Gallup suffered an ACL tear. This was terrible news for both Gallup and the Cowboys as they would be headed into the postseason without one of their star receivers.
Thankfully, teammate Cedrick Wilson was able to step up in Gallup’s absence and make some key plays for Dallas. But many wondered if Gallup being available for the Wild Card Game could have helped propel the team to victory. In early February, we posted an article sharing that after five weeks, Gallup still had not undergone surgery for his torn ACL.
Why was this so important? For starters, it seemed like a long time to wait for a serious surgery. But, in terms of Gallup’s future, his ability to heal and get back on the field would heavily affect his future contract. Gallup is set to hit free agency in March. This injury, along with another injury suffered earlier in the season, could weigh heavily into an organization’s desire to sign Gallup. Teams may deem him injury prone or they may be worried he will miss some games at the beginning of the 2022 season.
The Cowboy underwent surgery on Feb 10, and a tweet sent out by PFF’s Doug Kyed changes his future narrative entirely. Kyed said a source told him that Gallup is expected to be 100% by August. This feels shocking considering the Mayo Clinic says the ACL return timeline is typically eight to 12 months. According to that prognosis, the best-case scenario would be thought to be October at the earliest.
A source says that Cowboys WR Michael Gallup could be 100% after ACL surgery by August
Of course, we hope for Gallup’s sake that this is true. The acrobatic receiver will undoubtedly do whatever it takes to get himself back on the field. But you also have to wonder what this means for free agency. Jerry Jones might have been thinking that Gallup could come with a discounted market value if he were to miss some games next year.
Now, Gallup might be worth his full projected value, which Spotrac has listed as over $11 million a year. That’s a number that is very large for Jones considering the Cowboys are very much “in the red” in terms of cap space. Many members of the team have mentioned that they hope that Gallup will be on the roster next year, but you can only do so much money maneuvering to keep a guy.
There are also several other key names set to hit the free market that Jones will want to keep as well. The writers at Landry Hat are wishing Gallup a speedy recovery and look forward to seeing what happens with him in March.