Michael Gallup suffered a torn ACL during the Dallas Cowboys‘ Week 17 matchup with the Arizona Cardinals last season. Many believed he wouldn’t be available for the Cowboys’ season opener against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Well, that speculation can be put to rest now. On Thursday, Gallup confirmed that he will not play in Week 1 of the 2022 season and that he still needs a little more work to be game ready.

Gallup also missed seven games last season after suffering a calf strain in Week 1, so he’s had some bad luck on the injury front lately. Nonetheless, he was signed to a five-year, $62.5 million extension in March.

Once he’s back on the field, Gallup will be the Cowboys’ no. 2 option in the passing game after CeeDee Lamb. However, the Cowboys will be cautious and bring him back slowly, as they should.

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