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Former Bengals QB Andy Dalton lands on NFL COVID-19 list

Dalton is having a year to forget.

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It’s been a rough stretch for former Bengals QB Andy Dalton.

Two weeks ago, Dalton took a brutal cheap shot from Washington linebacker Jon Bostic, which left the Cowboys QB concussed and unable to play the following week vs. the Eagles.

Now, it appears Dalton will miss another game, though this one is due to him being placed on the NFL’s COVID-19 list, according to ESPN’s Todd Archer.

Dalton will be placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list on Tuesday, which will knock him out of Sunday’s game against the Pittsburgh Steelers, according to multiple sources.

Dalton did not practice last week as he worked through the concussion protocol, but he was in some team and quarterback meetings later in the week. He did not fly with the team to Philadelphia because he was officially ruled out the day before kickoff.

Without Dalton, the Cowboys will have a tough time staying in the playoff hunt in the NFC East, where even a 6-win finish could win the division based on how bad it’s been so far.

Rookie Ben DiNucci got the start last week and was ineffective vs. the Eagles. Now, the Cowboys may turn to journeyman Cooper Rush against the Steelers this week.

The Bengals will host the Cowboys in Week 14, which could mark the return of Dalton to Cincinnati if he’s healthy enough to play.