Cowboys: Michael Gallup is ready to return to play against Washington Commanders

Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Michael Gallup said he’s looking forward to playing and could return to the field Sunday against Washington.

Gallup is in the final stages of his recovery from a torn ACL, suffered in the penultimate game of the 2021 regular season against Arizona.

It’s been a slow process for Gallup, who began the season on the 53-player active roster instead of injured reserve that would have ruled him out of the first four weeks of the season.

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After missing the first three games of the season, Gallup has a chance to come back in Week 4 against the Commanders.

“This is the hardest part,” Gallup said before Wednesday’s practice, in which he participated fully.

“It’s really just a mental thing. You know you’re healthy and everything is fine and it’s just mental. Now you have to make sure you feel like before the injury, that’s the hardest part.”

Gallup made the decision that he just wasn’t ready to play in the Week 3 game at the New York Giants.

Coach Mike McCarthy is great at letting players coming back from injury take their time.

He doesn’t want any player to feel obligated to play after an injury and relies on communication from Britt Brown, the Cowboys’ rehab director, and said player.

“For me it’s really an ongoing conversation,” McCarthy said.

“I think the most important thing is that we have a very good medical staff, they communicate very well with the players. I think the fact that the players are staying here at the team facility tells you the faith and confidence they have in playing again. Britt Brown does an excellent job.”

So how eager is Gallup to play?

“I am very anxious,” he said. “I want to play.”

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Cowboys: Michael Gallup is ready to return to play against Washington Commanders