Cowboys’ Tyron Smith joins Micah Parsons on COVID roster ahead of regular season finale against Eagles


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Micah Parsons was transferred to the reserve / COVID-19 roster on Wednesday by the Dallas Cowboys, which initially questioned his availability against the Philadelphia Eagles on Saturday. Head coach Mike McCarthy has since ruled out the frontrunner for NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year, and now the Cowboys will also have to brace themselves for a possible loss on the offensive end of the ball. Tyron Smith, the team’s All-Pro left tackle, has also tested positive for COVID-19, which means his status is in doubt for the regular season finale – sources told CBS Sports.

This has since been confirmed by McCarthy, who also noted that starting cornerback Anthony Brown will join Parsons and Smith on the COVID list. Brown’s status is also uncertain for Saturday.

Smith returned to the field in late December after missing several games with a aggravated ankle injury, taking the field against the Arizona Cardinals and hoping to continue to get rid of the rust as the Wild Card approaches. Weekend. Considering he tested positive on Thursday, with there’s a chance he’ll test out of protocol in time to face the Eagles, those chances are slim.

If he’s absent, it will be swing tackle Terence Steele who will take the left tackle start in a still meaningful game for the Cowboys, with a mix from substitute Ty Nsekhe. They activated security linebacker Keanu Neal from the COVID protocol on Wednesday, which helps the LB position. As for LT, they will once again have to return to Steele as the starter, as they have often done this season. And assuming Brown is out, look for rookie second-round pick Kelvin Joseph to get the lion’s share of the reps against Pro Bowl cornerback Trevon Diggs.

As it stands, the Cowboys have no plans to give up their goal of playing healthy starters, but the number of healthy starters is rapidly declining.

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