For the second time in 15 days, a Cowboys quarterback was helped off the football field after scrambling.
This time, Andy Dalton was down.
Dalton had scrambled 6 yards to Dallas’ 9 when Washington linebacker Jon Bostic lowered his shoulder into Dalton’s helmet, knocking it off.
Bostic was promptly ejected. Dalton was taken to the locker room and later ruled out for the remainder of the game with a concussion. Rookie seventh-round draft pick Ben DiNucci, the Cowboys’ only other quarterback on their 48-man game-day roster, entered the game.
The Cowboys trailed 22-3 when Dalton left the game with 6:32 to play in the third quarter.
Dalton’s Cowboys failed to score a touchdown in the first half of either of his two starts in Dallas, falling to a 21-3 deficit against Arizona the previous Monday night.
Quarterback Andy Dalton #14 of the Dallas Cowboys reacts against the Washington Football Team in the first half at FedExField on October 25, 2020 in Landover, Maryland. (Photo: Patrick McDermott, Getty Images)
Dalton completed nine of 19 pass attempts for 75 yards and an interception before he left the game. He was sacked four times, losing a fumble on one that Washington converted into a safety.
Dalton became Dallas’ starter after quarterback Dak Prescott suffered a compound fracture and dislocation of his right ankle on Oct. 11 vs. the New York Giants.
Prescott, who had started 69 straight regular-season contests in Dallas, is out for the season.
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