A fast No. 11 in a blue Cowboys jersey, Micah Parsons is usually spotted zigzagging between the defensive line and linebacker exercises. Because of it, Thursday’s events revealed his whereabouts relatively quickly.
Parsons was sick and had to miss a practice session at the Ford Center. Jerry Jones, the Cowboys owner, told reporters that his son was tested for COVID-19 and returned negative. The NFL mandated in a March communication to teams that any player who pushes positive must be quarantined for at least five days after his positive test, following CDC recommendations.
Cowboys rookie running backs Aaron Shampklin and Rico Dowdle tested positive and sat out for five days of camp. Kyler Murray of the Arizona Cardinals and Russell Wilson of the Seattle Seahawks were quarantined for five days in August.
A representative from the league was not immediately available Thursday to elaborate on the current policies.
On Monday night, the Cowboys (1-1) will travel to East Rutherford, New Jersey, to take on the New York Giants (2-0).
Jones stated, “I know he’s had congestion problems, those sorts of things.” “Maybe not the flu. Neither COVID nor the flu is to blame; they’ve already been checked for. But he does exhibit signs that suggest he should refrain from working in the field. The Giants should expect that to be a non-factor.
Regarding sacks, Parsons has four and is first in the NFL.
During his press conference, coach Mike McCarthy broke the word that Parsons would be out of practice on Thursday.
“He’s fighting off a slight cold, so we’re taking it easy on him,” he explained.
Other members of the Cowboys’ 53-man roster who did not participate in practice were quarterback Dak Prescott (thumb), cornerback Trevon Diggs (personal), tight end Dalton Schultz (knee), left guard Connor McGovern (ankle), and safety Jayron Kearse (knee).
Prescott increased his rehabilitation efforts ten days after thumb surgery, performing football drills with a training ball small enough to fit in the palm of his hand. During the period of practice that was accessible to the media, he did not take a live snap, grip, or throw a football.
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