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FRISCO, Texas — Sixteen days after landing on the reserve/COVID-19 list, Andy Dalton’s sense of taste and smell still elude him.

“You can tell things are sweet,” the Cowboys quarterback said Thursday from the Star. “You can tell things are salty. You just don’t get the flavor with it.”

After a whirlwind month battling a concussion and then the novel coronavirus, Dalton will settle for that.

The Cowboys signed Dalton in May as insurance for four-year starter Dak Prescott. When Prescott suffered a season-ending ankle injury Oct. 11, Dalton replaced him to complete Dallas’ 34-31 win over the Giants. But two games later, a vicious head-to-head hit from Washington linebacker Jon Bostic left a helmetless Dalton sprawled on the grass of FedEx Field. He relies on others to tell him what happened next.

“I remember deciding to slide and then there’s a little bit there that I don’t remember,”…