After beating the Giants 40-0 in Week 1, Micah Parsons went on his podcast and stated that he disagreed with how New York kept Daniel Jones in the game when it was well out of hand. Well, the Dallas Cowboys demolished the Giants 49-17 this week, only it was Parsons playing late minutes this time around. With Dallas up 35 in the fourth quarter, their star pass rusher was still logging snaps despite the game’s outcome being decided by then.
While Micah Parsons, Stephon Gilmore, and Jayron Kearse were still making plays, the offensive starters had already been relegated to giddy spectators. The coaching staff was aware that victory was imminent and that their star players should avoid further injury risk. Yet, the defense was still out there with nothing to gain but plenty to lose.
Considering the Cowboys’ injury luck this year, it’s especially confusing. All-Pro cornerback Trevon Diggs tore his ACL in practice, while All-Pro left tackle Tyron Smith has also missed games because of ailments sustained in practice periods. Risking Parsons’ health in a year that’s supposed to be for title contention is malpractice, especially since the man himself called out similar behavior to begin the season.
Why the Cowboys Can’t Afford to Lose Micah Parsons
Trevon Diggs’ unfortunate injury already leaves one defensive centerpiece sidelined. In Micah Parsons, the other centerpiece, Dallas has a world-class pass rusher that is simply irreplaceable. He has 7.5 sacks and 10 tackles for a loss this season, both team-highs by a healthy margin.
Along with winning Defensive Rookie of the Year in 2021, Parsons was a first-team All-Pro in each of his first two seasons. He ended both of those years with at least 13.0 sacks and three forced fumbles. He’s well on his way to those totals again, as one of the NFL’s premiere one-man wrecking crews. That is why he should not have been on the field with under 10 minutes left of a 35-point game.
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