Dallas Cowboys quarterback Andy Dalton suffered a concussion followed by a positive COVID-19 test that has kept him out of games for the last few weeks. Now, the former longtime Cincinnati Bengals quarterback says he still has no sense of smell or taste.
On Wednesday, Cowboys head coach Mike McCarthy said that Dalton would be reactivated from the NFL’s reserve/COVID-19 list. The QB will be back under center in Week 11 as Dallas takes on the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday. However, Dalton told reporters on Thursday that there are still some lingering issues stemming from his COVID-19 diagnosis.
“You can tell things are sweet. You can tell things are salty. You just don’t get the flavor with it,” explained Dalton.
“The COVID, it hit me hard the first day I had it. Then it gradually started feeling better,” he continued. “By the end of it, I was ready to get out of quarantine and get back up here.”
Dalton, His Wife, and His Son Contracted COVID-19
Dalton thought his concussion symptoms had passed when he received positive test results for COVID-19. The quarterback is not sure how or where he contracted COVID-19. But, his wife, JJ, and one of his three children also contracted the virus.
“Everybody is good now,” Dalton assured. “So we’re all healthy and back to normal.”
The 33-year-old could not work out with his teammates or visit the Cowboys facilities for more than a week. In addition, he had to quarantine at home away from his family. He says it has been a frustrating few weeks, but said he’s felt fine during this week of practice.
“It was a little frustrating,” Dalton said of being absent from the team recently. “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.”
The Cowboys have had a rough season with a 2-7 record so far. Numerous injuries – including starting quarterback Dak Prescott’s season-ending injury – have left Dallas in last place in the NFC East. Oddly enough, however, they still have a chance to make the playoffs since the division-leading Philadelphia Eagles only have a 3-5-1 record.
“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,” Dalton explained. “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.”