Gallup was held out of Friday's practice while dealing with the ailment, but it wasn't serious enough to force the first absence of his rookie campaign. The Colorado State product should continue to earn regular snaps on offense at receiver alongside Amari Cooper and Cole Beasley, a role that has translated to an average of 5.3 targets per game over the Cowboys' last six outings.
Gallup (illness), who is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Eagles, is expected to play, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.
The ailment that prevent Gallup from practicing Friday apparently isn't too serious in nature, so after getting Saturday off to recover, the rookie should be ready to fill a regular role in three-receiver formations alongside Amari Cooper and Cole Beasley. Gallup is coming off a big game in the Week 13 upset win over the Saints during which he hauled in a career-high five balls for 76 yards and draws a favorable matchup against an injury depleted Philadelphia secondary.
The ailment isn't a major concern for the rookie wideout, with Todd Archer of ESPN.com relaying that the prevailing belief is that Gallup will be ready to go come Sunday. With averages of 2.6 receptions, 45.2 yards and 5.3 targets per game over the Cowboys' last six outings, Gallup seems to have inched ahead of both Cole Beasley and Allen Hurns as the top complement to clear No. 1 receiver Amari Cooper.
Gallup's receiving yardage total not only led the Cowboys on the night, but it also served as a career-best figure for the rookie. Gallup did most of his damage in the first half, with a 40-yard reception on the first drive of the game that brought the ball to the Saints' six-yard line serving as the high point. Gallup's production continues to be hard to trust on a game-to-game basis, but the Colorado State product will look to build on this performance in a pivotal Week 14 divisional showdown against the Eagles on Dec. 9.
Gallup caught two of six passes for 19 yards during Thanksgiving's 31-23 win over Washington.
After facing a family tragedy, football obviously wasn't Gallup's top priority, but the rookie receiver was still featured in the game plan with six targets, tied for second most on the team. Following the acquisition of Amari Cooper, targets haven't been Gallup's issue -- he has at least five targets in three of the four games. Making much out of them has been as he's been held under 35 yards in three straight games and hasn't scored since Cooper joined the squad. Thursday brings a Saints defense ranked 31st in the league in opponent passing yards, 303 per game.
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