FRISCO, Texas – Dallas Cowboys quarterback Andy Dalton doesn’t remember everything about the play, which knocked him out for a week due to a concussion, but he remembers everything about dealing with the coronavirus that forced him to miss a game in the reserve / COVID-19 List.
“COVID, it hit me hard the first day I had it, then it gradually started to feel better,” said Dalton, who said he was still trying to regain the smell and taste as he prepared to launch in Sunday against the Vikings in Minnesota. “After all, I was ready to get out of quarantine and go back up here.”
When Dalton returned to the Star last week during the Cowboys’ farewell, he had to finish reviewing the shock records. As he was in quarantine, he failed to finish them.
Dalton said he believed he overcame the symptoms of a concussion when he was diagnosed with COVID-19, which caused a different type of headache. Dalton is not sure how he contracted the virus, but said his wife, JJ, and one of his sons are also positive. Two of his children did not.
“Everyone’s fine now,” Dalton said. “So we’re all healthy and back to normal.”
The concussion was the first in his career. He struck hard at Washington’s John Bostic helmet in the third quarter of a 25-3 loss. Bostic was fined $ 12,000, but was not stopped.
Dalton said he remembered everything that led to the goal and was disappointed with Bostic’s penalty in the league.
“You know, with all this stuff, just looking at some of the fines and the different things other people got, I was a little surprised by the number,” Dalton said. “But that’s what it is.”
Unable to work at the Star for more than a week and quarantined in his house away from his family, Dalton said he was able to start conditioning work at his home gym “to stay in it.”
He said he felt good during the practice week so far.
“It was a little disappointing,” Dalton said. “You miss a game because of the shock, you deal with it first, and then with COVID. It’s like it’s all hit at once. I wish I was there. I wish I could play in two games that I missed it. “
Rookie Ben DiNucci started with a loss to the Philadelphia Eagles on November 1, and Gareth Gilbert made his first career start against the Pittsburgh Steelers on November 8. four starts without Duck Prescott.
“I thought he was decisive and he threw the ball very well,” coach Mike McCarthy said of Dalton’s work in training on Wednesday. “It’s the biggest thing, because obviously the ball comes out on time and so on. I thought he was in rhythm. Andy has a great command of the whole operation. … It’s great to bring him back.”
At 2-7, the Cowboys are last in the NFC East, but still have experience trying to compete in the division with Philadelphia in first place, despite a 3-5-1 record.
“It’s all in front of us,” Dalton said. “It’s crazy this season. Some games we think we had a chance. All these things don’t matter at the moment. Now we have to move on. We have to think about these next seven games and that’s all the focus. us – what we have in front of us. “