Cowboys’ Jerry Jones throws Ben DiNucci under the bus following Eagles loss

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It's not going to get any easier in Week 9 for DiNucci when he faces an actually competent team, the 7-0 Pittsburgh Steelers.

The Dallas Cowboys are expected to be without quarterback Andy Dalton this weekend as he is set to be placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list, according to reports.

Dalton, who missed last week's game in Philadelphia, was just about to be cleared from the concussion protocol but has now entered the Covid-19 protocol, which will likely keep him out for 14 days.

Jones indeed is an ardent supporter of Trump and his administration, telling NBC Sports that the President is the "hardest worker I've ever seen" upon his positive COVID-19 diagnosis. He was a three-time Pro Bowl selection in his nine years as the starting quarterback for the Cincinnati Bengals.

DiNucci's first start in Week 8 didn't do him any favors, either, as the former James Madison quarterback threw for 180 yards while only completing around 50% of his passes.

Jerry Jones offered a very blunt assessment of DiNucci during his appearance on 105.3 The Fan on Tuesday. I think we certainly, as a team, paid the price to have him come in and under those circumstances.

Sunday, Pittsburgh plays at Dallas, which has won its past two games against the Steelers but would seem to be in. "It was frankly more than he could handle". The Cowboys have scored one touchdown in their three games without Prescott and none the past two games.

Dalton, who took over as the No. 1 QB when Dak Prescott went down with a broken ankle, is not an option for Sunday. Dallas should have Rush on the practice squad this week. Rush is in his fourth year in Dallas, while DiNucci and Garrett Gilbert, the other passer on the roster are in their first.

Dalton is 52-for-85 passing for 452 yards with a touchdown against three interceptions this season.

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