Offensive linemen can’t stop Micah Parsons, so why should an illness? The Cowboys’ star linebacker has missed practice this week and is listed as questionable for Monday night, but Parsons made it clear on Saturday evening that he plans to play through whatever’s ailing him.
Parsons tweeted out the following about 48 hours before the Cowboys and the New York Giants kick off their Week 3 matchup on Monday Night Football.
For the young folk in Cowboys Nation, that GIF shows the infamous “flu game” of NBA legend Michael Jordan. Playing through major illness in Game 5 of the 1997 NBA Finals, Jordan scored 38 points and led the Chicago Bulls to a victory.
Micah Parsons wasn’t even born yet. But 25 years later, Parsons is an emerging legend in his own league as arguably Dallas’ best player and one of the NFL’s top defenders.
Going into Week 3, Parsons was tied with Khalil Mack as the current sack leaders with four in their first two games. After Thursday night, Pittsburgh’s Alex Highsmith has now edged them with 4.5 sacks in three weeks.
The Cowboys need every bit of Parsons’ pass-rushing prowess when they meet the undefeated Giants. With New York QB Daniel Jones having a penchant for turnovers, a consistent disruptor like Parsons is a critical element for helping Dallas get a big road win in the NFC East.
While Dorance Armstrong, Dante Fowler, and Sam Williams could pick up some of the slack, few players in the league can match Parsons’ impact on the field. We’ve watched him fight through double teams and leave opposing passers shaken over the first two games.
Hopefully, his campaign for Defensive Player of the Year doesn’t skip a beat this week. The final call belongs to the medical staff and coaches, but it will take something extraordinary for them to keep this superstar off the field.