Cowboys head coach Mike McCarthy said Wednesday that Gallup (knee) "looks excellent" and has avoided any setbacks in his recovery from ACL repair surgery, Michael Gehlken of The Dallas Morning News reports.

McCarthy's comments are the latest hint that Gallup could play early in the season, though both the wideout and the team have said a Week 1 cameo is unlikely. The Cowboys chose to keep him on the active roster rather than moving him to injured reserve on cutdown day, a move that would have ruled Gallup out for the first four weeks of the season. He suffered the ACL tear Week 17 last season and seemingly has a shot to miss only a couple games because of it.

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