This column is meant to offer our best predictions on what players will/will not play, as of 9 AM ET on Sunday. For the official active/inactive reports, please see our Latest NFL Player News.
We've made to the season's halfway point for some clubs in terms of games played, and it appears to be another relatively quiet week on the always unpredictable COVID front. However, we do have no shortage of the more conventional bumps and bruises that are part and parcel of every season, and this week, the injury bug has ensnared some particularly big names at both running back and receiver. With plenty of news to sift through, let's dive into the latest as of early Sunday morning:
The Cowboys' Andy Dalton (concussion) has been declared out for Sunday night's game against the Eagles after missing practice all week. The veteran quarterback suffered his head injury on a hit from the Washington Football Team's Jon Bostic in Dallas' Week 7 loss, and his absence against Philadelphia will initially leave the reins of the passing game in the hands of rookie Ben DiNucci, who completed two of three passes for 39 yards and took three sacks in relief of Dalton last Sunday. If DiNucci falters at some point, Garrett Gilbert, who has six games of NFL experience and was an eight-game starter for the Orlando Apollos of the Alliance of American Football back in 2019, would serve as an alternative.
The Chargers' Tyrod Taylor (chest/ribs)