Dallas Cowboys receiver Michael Gallup’s status for Thursday’s game against the Washington Redskins following the tragic death of his brother.
Coach Jason Garrett confirmed that Gallup’s brother died of an apparent suicide.
Gallup was notified in the locker room following Sunday’s 22-19 victory against the Atlanta Falcons and became visibly distraught while being consoled by receivers coach Sanjay Lal, turning a homecoming into a tragedy.
“We just found out after the ballgame that his brother had committed suicide and just wanted to leave it at that,” Garrett said on 105.3 The Fan Monday morning. “Obviously a very personal matter. We’re all behind Michael and supporting him and his family, and this is a very challenging time for him. We’ll take it moment by moment, day by day and give him all of our love and all of our support.”
Gallup, who grew up in Atlanta but was raised in Monroe, Ga., did not return to Dallas with the team after the game. He remained with his family.
The rookie, third-round pick from Colorado State is the youngest of eight children and one of six who was adopted.
A teary-eyed owner Jerry Jones told reporters after the game that there was a tragedy with a family member but refused to give more details until his mother had been notified.
Gallup’s mother was scheduled to fly back from a month-long mission trip in Africa Monday.