Oct 9, 2022; Inglewood, California, USA; Dallas Cowboys head coach Mike McCarthy talks with quarterback Dak Prescott (4) on the field prior to the game against the Los Angeles Rams at SoFi Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

Cowboys QB Dak Prescott progressing in recovery

Dallas Cowboys coach Mike McCarthy is encouraged with the progress of quarterback Dak Prescott as he continues his recovery from thumb surgery.

Prescott has missed the Cowboys’ last four games — all wins — after injuring his thumb in the season-opening loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He has been a part of the “rehab group” since undergoing surgery on Sept. 12.

“Dak had a good day (on Wednesday),” McCarthy said. “He threw post-practice. It went well. The plan today is to have him participate in the quarterback school drills and he will throw again in post-practice.”

When asked why it was post-practice and not during practice, McCarthy was quick with a response.

“We’re preparing to get ready for a game, and he’s still in the rehab phase,” he said.

Cooper Rush is in line to make his fifth straight start for Dallas (4-1), which could pull even atop the NFC East with a victory over the Philadelphia Eagles (5-0) on Sunday night.

McCarthy also said linebacker Micah Parsons “will do a little more today” as he attempts to work his past a groin injury.

Parsons received NFC Defensive Player of the Week honors on Wednesday after he recorded two sacks and five tackles in the Cowboys’ 22-10 win over the Los Angeles Rams.

Parsons shares the NFL lead with six sacks on the season.

–Field Level Media

Sep 18, 2022; Arlington, Texas, USA; Dallas Cowboys linebacker Micah Parsons (11) in action during the game between the Dallas Cowboys and the Cincinnati Bengals at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

Cowboys LB Micah Parsons questionable vs. Giants

Dallas Cowboys star linebacker Micah Parsons was limited in practice on Saturday and is listed as questionable to play in Monday night’s game against the host New York Giants in East Rutherford, N.J.

Parsons returned to practice after missing two straight sessions with an illness. Dallas coach Mike McCarthy confirmed Friday on 105.3 The Fan that Parsons is dealing with allergies.

Like Parsons, tight end Dalton Schultz (knee) returned as a limited participant Saturday after missing two practices. He also is considered questionable.

Cowboys wide receiver Michael Gallup (knee) turned in his third straight full practice and is considered questionable for Monday’s game.

Defensive tackle Quinton Bohanna (neck) was limited in practice for the second straight day on Saturday and is questionable.

Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott (thumb) and safety Jayron Kearse (knee) have been ruled out vs. New York.

–Field Level Media

Sep 18, 2022; Arlington, Texas, USA; Dallas Cowboys linebacker Micah Parsons (11) during the game between the Dallas Cowboys and the Cincinnati Bengals at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

Cowboys LB Micah Parsons (illness) misses practice again

Dallas Cowboys star linebacker Micah Parsons missed his second straight practice on Friday due to what is being labeled as an illness.

Cowboys owner Jerry Jones told the team website on Thursday that Parsons tested negative for both COVID-19 and the flu. Dallas coach Mike McCarthy confirmed on 105.3 The Fan that Parsons is dealing with allergies.

“(Parsons) is feeling better today, but he will not practice today,” McCarthy told reporters on Friday.

The Dallas Morning News reported Parsons still is expected to play on Monday when the Cowboys (1-1) visit the New York Giants (2-0) in East Rutherford, N.J. Parsons is tied for the second in the NFL with four sacks and has recorded 17 in just 18 career games.

Tight end Dalton Schultz was able to do movement and ball-skill work on the side Friday. He is dealing with a sprained right knee sustained during the Cowboys’ 20-17 victory over the Cincinnati Bengals last weekend.

Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott (thumb) was seen doing conditioning work on Friday.

Prescott was injured in the season opener against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and backup Cooper Rush was at the helm last week against the Bengals.

–Field Level Media

Feb 10, 2022; Los Angeles, CA, USA;  J.J. Watt (left) with his brothers Derek Watt and T.J. Watt (right) appears on the red carpet prior to the NFL Honors awards presentation at YouTube Theater. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Steelers’ T.J. Watt named NFL Defensive Player of the Year

Pittsburgh Steelers outside linebacker T.J. Watt was named NFL Defensive Player of the Year at NFL Honors in Los Angeles on Thursday following a dominating season in which he matched the NFL sack record.

Watt’s 22.5 sacks tied the record set by the New York Giants’ Michael Strahan in 2001.

The opening award of the NFL Honors ceremony was presented by Watt’s brother J.J. Watt of the Arizona Cardinals, who is a three-time defensive player of the year (2012, 2014, 2015).

“My teammates, coaches back home in Pittsburgh, this truly is not possible without you guys,” said T.J. Watt, a first-round pick by the Steelers in 2017 who has 72 career sacks. “There are so many guys that put in so much work that goes unnoticed — and that goes for the guys in the cafeteria to the guys who are taping ankles. This one is for all of you guys.”

Baltimore Ravens kicker Justin Tucker was honored with NFL Moment of the Year for his record-breaking 66-yard field goal at Detroit on Sept. 26 as time expired in a 19-17 victory.

Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Ja’Marr Chase was named NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year. Chase, the No. 5 overall selection in last year’s draft, had 81 receptions for 1,455 yards and 13 touchdowns for the AFC champions.

Dallas Cowboys linebacker Micah Parsons was named unanimous NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year after recording 13 sacks and 84 tackles. The No. 12 selection in last year’s draft out of Penn State had three forced fumbles in 16 games.

–Field Level Media

Dec 26, 2021; Arlington, Texas, USA; Dallas Cowboys outside linebacker Micah Parsons (11) celebrates a sack in the second quarter against the Washington Football Team at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports

Cowboys’ Micah Parsons, Tyron Smith off COVID list

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

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

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.

The Cowboys host the 49ers on Sunday.

–Field Level Media

Sep 29, 2019; New Orleans, LA, USA; Dallas Cowboys offensive tackle Tyron Smith (77) blocks New Orleans Saints defensive end Trey Hendrickson (91) in the first quarter at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Chuck Cook-USA TODAY Sports

Cowboys’ Tyron Smith, Anthony Brown test positive for virus

Dallas Cowboys left tackle Tyron Smith and cornerback Anthony Brown tested positive for COVID-19, coach Mike McCarthy announced Thursday.

The two players join rookie linebacker Micah Parsons in dealing with the virus. Parsons was placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list Wednesday by the Cowboys (11-5), with McCarthy declaring him out for Sunday’s road game against the Eagles (9-7).

McCarthy also said Thursday the team has “a number of guys that are sick” but have not tested positive for COVID-19.

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. The eight-time Pro Bowl selection likely will be replaced at left tackle by Terence Steele, who has played in 15 games (12 starts) this season.

Brown, 28, has 71 tackles, three interceptions and one forced fumble in 16 games (all starts) this season. His spot could be manned by Kelvin Joseph, who started recently in place of Jourdan Lewis during the latter’s time on the COVID-19 list.

–Field Level Media

Dec 26, 2021; Arlington, Texas, USA; Dallas Cowboys outside linebacker Micah Parsons (11) celebrates a sack in the second quarter against the Washington Football Team at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports

Cowboys LB Micah Parsons enters COVID protocol

Dallas Cowboys linebacker Micah Parsons entered the COVID-19 protocol on Wednesday, jeopardizing his shot at an NFL record this Saturday night.

The NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year favorite has 13 sacks heading into the Week 18 finale at Philadelphia, two shy of breaking the rookie record set by the Tennessee Titans’ Jevon Kearse with 14.5 in 1999.

Parsons, 22, was the No. 12 overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft.

He has started all 16 games for the NFC East champion Cowboys (11-5) and has 84 tackles, 30 quarterback hits and three forced fumbles. He is tied with Pittsburgh’s T.J. Watt for the NFL lead with 20 tackles for loss.

–Field Level Media

Oct 19, 2019; University Park, PA, USA; Penn State Nittany Lions linebacker Micah Parsons (11) reacts to a defensive play against the Michigan Wolverines during the second quarter at Beaver Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports

All-American Parsons not returning to Penn State

All-American linebacker Micah Parsons will not be returning to Penn State.

Coach James Franklin confirmed Wednesday that Parsons, who opted out of the season amid the coronavirus pandemic, will remain out.

“That won’t be happening,” Franklin said of a prospective return.

Franklin said on Sept. 19, after the Big Ten announced football would be played this fall after all, that he and Parsons were discussing the situation.

“We’re still having conversations with Micah. He’s been great. I think he’s excited about the opportunity,” Franklin said.

Parsons, projected as a top-10 pick in the 2021 draft, announced on social media on Aug. 6 that he didn’t want to risk contracting the coronavirus and spreading it to his 2-year-old son, Malcolm. That consideration, he said, “far outweighed my urge to play football” this season.

“There’s healthy dialogue going on,” Franklin said earlier this month. “At the end of the day if it’s right for Micah and his family, then we want to show them the path to get it done here at Penn State.”

Parsons signed with an agent and would have had to take steps to have his eligibility restored should he return for his junior season.

In two seasons with the Nittany Lions, he played in 26 games and recorded 192 tackles, including 19 for loss, to go along with 6.5 sacks and six forced fumbles.

Four other potential first-round picks — CB Shaun Wade and OL Wyatt Davis of Ohio State, OL Jalen Mayfield of Michigan and WR Rashod Bateman of Minnesota – opted back in after the Big Ten announcement. Only Bateman is still waiting for an NCAA waiver that will allow him to play, though he has received a waiver to practice.

–Field Level Media