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Cowboys' Micah Parsons off COVID list, ready for 'bully ball'

Field Level Media
13 Jan 2022, 06:55 GMT+10

Dallas Cowboys linebacker Micah Parsons and left tackle Tyron Smith were activated from the reserve/COVID-19 list ahead of the team's NFC wild-card game against the visiting San Francisco 49ers.

Parsons said he experienced a sore throat and fatigue but was energized returning to The Star and practice with teammates Wednesday.

Both players are expected to resume their starting roles after sitting out the Cowboys' 51-26 victory over the Philadelphia Eagles last Saturday.

Parsons expects to be tested, but didn't necessarily agree the 49ers' power-running game could be labeled "bully ball."

"I'm from Harrisburg (Pa.) where the bullies get bullied. There's a bully in every gym," Parsons said Wednesday. "At one point, it's going to take somebody to stand up and fight. I ain't ever back down from a challenge."

The 49ers rushed for 2,166 yards -- 127.4 yards per game -- and averaged 4.3 yards per carry in 2021.

"Obviously the key is to stop the run, and then let the monsters eat on third down," Parsons said.

Starting safety Jayron Kearse remains in COVID-19 protocol, Cowboys coach Mike McCarthy said.

Parsons, 22, recorded 13 sacks since being selected by Dallas with the No. 12 overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft. He has started 16 games for the NFC East champion Cowboys and has 84 tackles, 30 quarterback hits and three forced fumbles.

Smith, 31, has started all 11 games in which he has appeared this season and all 144 over his 11-year career with the Cowboys. He is an eight-time Pro Bowl selection.

--Field Level Media

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