Dallas Cowboys quarterback Andy Dalton took part in quarterback meetings on Thursday but won’t practice as he continues to recover from a concussion, coach Mike McCarthy said.
That’s a positive sign that Dalton has progressed in the next step of the concussion protocol. On Wednesday, he was allowed to take part in only general team, and not position-specific, meetings.
Rookie Ben DiNucci will take the snaps with the first team at practice. Garrett Gilbert is his backup.
Dalton, who turns 33 on Thursday, started the past two games with Dak Prescott (ankle) out for the season. He has completed 52 passes for 452 yards, with one touchdown and three interceptions.
He suffered the concussion in the Week 7 loss to the Washington Football Team on a hit by linebacker Jon Bostic. Dalton went into a slide and, with his knee on the ground, Bostic plowed his shoulder into Dalton’s facemask. The result was Dalton’s first documented NFL concussion and an ejection from the game for Bostic.
Dalton is in his first season in Dallas after spending nine years as the starter for the Cincinnati Bengals.