Two more Cowboys starters tested positive for COVID-19, head coach Mike McCarthy announced Thursday morning.
Eight-time Pro Bowl left tackle Tyron Smith and cornerback Anthony Brown, who has started all 16 games for Dallas this season, will miss the Cowboys’ regular-season finale at Philadelphia on Saturday. McCarthy also ruled out star rookie linebacker Micah Parsons for the trip. Parsons tested positive for COVID-19 on Wednesday.
The Cowboys had fared better than most teams around the league in the last month of testing, linebacker Keanu Neal their only regular contributor out last game due to COVID-19 amid the omicron spike. McCarthy said “a number of” additional players were experiencing symptoms on Thursday but had not tested positive for COVID-19. The Cowboys expected to hold some out of practice.
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Dallas Cowboys offensive tackle Tyron Smith (77) looks on during the game against the Minnesota Vikings at U.S. Bank Stadium.
Internally, Dallas has opted for more virtual meetings than required in addition to distanced gatherings in the concourses of their indoor practice bubbles to decrease chance of community spread. The team has made available the Omni Hotel adjacent to the practice facility and offers COVID-19 testing for player and staff members’ family and friends.
“You want your players to use good judgment,” McCarthy said Thursday.
He stopped short of saying he would tell players not to attend local sporting events. Receivers Amari Cooper and CeeDee Lamb were seen courtside, unmasked, attending the Wednesday night Mavericks game at which the team retired Dirk Nowitzki’s jersey. Last Friday, Cooper and cornerback Trevon Diggs were on the sideline for alma mater Alabama’s Cotton Bowl playoff game.