Andy Dalton: "It was a crazy three weeks for me, but I'm glad to be on the other side of it"; Dallas Cowboys 2-7 on the season but can still make the playoffs... "Everything is out in front of us; that's the crazy thing with how this season has gone"
Last Updated: 20/11/20 7:29pm
Dallas Cowboys quarterback Andy Dalton is back with the team after suffering from concussion and coronavirus
Dallas Cowboys quarterback Andy Dalton has spoken about his three weeks out of the game after testing positive for coronavirus, saying "it hit me hard".
Dalton, signed by the Cowboys in the offseason to back up Dak Prescott, took over as the team's starter after a devastating ankle injury to Prescott in Week Five. However, two weeks later, Dalton was knocked out of Dallas' game against Washington with concussion and then tested positive for Covid-19.
Dalton has told ESPN that he doesn't recall everything that took place after the hit against Washington, but that the entire coronavirus experience stuck with him, adding that he is still trying to get back his smell and taste.
Andy Dalton is helped off the field after taking a heavy hit in the game against Washington in Week Seven
"The COVID, it hit me hard the first day I had it, then it gradually started feeling better," Dalton said. "By the end of it, I was ready to get out of quarantine and get back up here.
"It was a crazy three weeks for me, but I'm glad to be on the other side of it. I'm glad to be back with everybody and through those three weeks."
The Cowboys have lost four-straight, with rookie seventh-round draft pick Ben DiNucci struggling in the loss to the Philadelphia Eagles, while Garrett Gilbert fared a little better in his first NFL start in defeat to the Pittsburgh Steelers.
6:20 Highlights of the Cowboys against the Eagles in Week Eight of the NFL.
Highlights of the Cowboys against the Eagles in Week Eight of the NFL.
Dallas sit 2-7 on the season but, incredibly, are still in with a chance of winning the NFC East division and making the playoffs; Dalton is now back on the practice field this week and preparing to start on Sunday against the Minnesota Vikings.
"It was a little frustrating," Dalton said of his absence. "You miss the one game because of the concussion, first time dealing with that, and then the COVID.
"It's like it all kind of hit at once. I wish I could have been out there, I wish I could have played in the two games that I missed.
4:17 Brian Baldinger and Rob Ryan discuss the reports of player unrest out of Dallas on Inside The Huddle.
Brian Baldinger and Rob Ryan discuss the reports of player unrest out of Dallas on Inside The Huddle.
"Everything is out in front of us. That's the crazy thing with how this season has gone.
"Some games we feel like we have had chances in; all of that stuff doesn't matter at this point.
"Now we have to move forward. We have to think about these next seven games, and that is all our focus is - what we have in front of us."
Eagles place five on COVID-19 list
Corey Clement is one of five Eagles players to be placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list
Elsewhere in the NFC East, current leaders the Eagles (3-5-1) have placed five players on the COVID-19 list ahead of Sunday's game against the Cleveland Browns.
Wide receivers J.J. Arcega-Whiteside and John Hightower, running back Corey Clement and defensive end Vinny Curry have been placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list. Receiver Deontay Burnett on the Practice Squad COVID-19 list.
Garrett to miss Eagles game with COVID-19
Myles Garrett has been ruled out of the Browns' game against the Eagles on Sunday after testing positive for coronavirus
Cleveland Browns defensive star Myles Garrett has tested positive for coronavirus and will miss Sunday's game against the Eagles.
Garrett, the No. 1 overall pick of the 2017 NFL Draft, is currently leading the NFL in sacks with 9.5 through the first 10 weeks. He has also forced four fumbles and is one of the biggest reasons the Browns (6-3) are in the playoff hunt.
He was placed on the COVID-19 list on Friday by the Browns, who had isolated him at home the previous two days because he was showing symptoms.
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