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Jerry Jones Doesn’t Rule Out WR Michael Gallup Playing vs Bucs

The NFL's top salesman was at it again yesterday. left the door cracked open that Cowboys starting WR could play in Week 1 against the , but most aren't buying Jerry's snake oil this time.

Gallup's absence for the season opener, if not most of September, has been an expectation since his ACL surgery last February. It was assumed that Dallas would be without him for at least the first quarter of the season when they re-signed Michael to a new five-year deal in March.

Recovery has gone well enough that the Cowboys didn't leave Gallup on the Physically Unable to Perform list, carrying him on the with the hope that he could play sooner than Week 5. Gallup would have had to miss at least four games if he started the season on PUP or .

Still, the idea of Michael debuting with his teammates this Sunday night seems fantastic at best.

The next few days will provide far truer statements about Gallup's availability than anything Jones was trying to sell to the media. The first official injury reports come out with Wednesday's practice and we'll see what designations Michael is given from now until Friday.

Granted, we've been surprised before by how quickly a player progressed in rehab. Every year we see guys getting back on the field faster from various , defying longstanding timetables and projections thanks to ever-evolving sports medicine.

Still, Michael Gallup has yet to practice at all this . He still has to make that transition from working with the trainers to the coaches, something that isn't expected at all this week.

Jerry's going to Jerry, of course. He's got and some other guys coming to town for a primetime, nationally-televised showcase event at his palace in Arlington. It's the season opener, the air is thick with excitement, and nobody gets carried away quite like Jones.

No, Michael Gallup isn't playing this Sunday night. But the fact it's even being said with a wink by Jerry Jones is at least a great sign for his returning sooner than later.

Jess Haynie
Jess Haynie
Cowboys fan since 1992, blogger since 2011. Bringing you the objectivity of an outside perspective with the passion of a die-hard fan. I love to talk to my readers, so please comment on any article and I'll be sure to respond!

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