Cowboys News: Odell Beckham Jr. on Saquon, WR active, Micah Parsons on Brittney Griner

Micah Parsons, Dallas Cowboys (Photo by Cooper Neill/Getty Images)
Micah Parsons, Dallas Cowboys (Photo by Cooper Neill/Getty Images) /

The Dallas Cowboys have spent the past several weeks preparing for Odell Beckham Jr.’s visit, hosting Odell Beckham Jr.’s visit, and doing some price-shifting in the wake of Odell Beckham Jr.’s visit by leaking some unpleasant injury information and throwing cold water on his readiness to contribute.

After Beckham was treated to a Mavericks game courtside with Micah Parsons and Trevon Diggs, word leaked that the wideout wasn’t fully recovered from his torn ACL, which he believes was damaged before he collapsed on the turf in February’s Super Bowl. That ACL tear was his second in as many years, so while Jerry Jones leaking that he doesn’t foresee contributions from Beckham this season felt like a negotiation tactic, it was also extremely believable. Parsons confirmed as much after the initial report dropped.

And then, there was Beckham on Amazon Prime’s NFL pregame coverage, stating outright that he had to admit he felt he had unfinished business with New York Giants RB Saquon Barkley.

And that’s why DeMarcus Lawrence sounded tired of the circus. The longer this drags on, the more of a spectacle it becomes, and all for a wideout who probably won’t play meaningful snaps until next September.

Beckham clearly wants to be a Giant. But do the Giants really need such an expensive payroll drain?

More Cowboys News

  • The Cowboys will be getting an infusion of wideout talent this week, though, regardless of OBJ’s decision (or is it the Cowboys’ decision, at this point?). Wide receiver James Washington, a Texas native and former Steeler, will be activated for Sunday’s game.
  • Add in some regret this week, too, for Micah Parsons, who tweeted, “Wait nah!! We left a marine?!! Hell nah,” after learning of the circumstances of Brittney Griner’s release, then followed up with, “We still not voting for you!” in a now-deleted tweet directed at Joe Biden. A few hours later, Parsons walked it back, writing:

"“Just spoke to some people that I respect and trust. I should have been more educated on the topic and not tweeted out of emotion for my family and other who have served. For that I apologize. Also if what I’m told about the attempts to bring Ret Marine Paul Whelan home are true then the best outcome was accomplished. I pray Mr. Whelan comes home but am extremely happy for Brittney and her family. I am not too prideful to admit when I’ve made a mistake.”"

NFL News

  • Brock Purdy will lead the San Francisco 49ers for the remainder of the season in Jimmy Garoppolo’s stead, who’s out for the year with foot fractures. That could help Dallas in the NFC Playoff picture.
  • Rams QB Baker Mayfield led a 98-yard game-winning drive against the Raiders five seconds after signing in Los Angeles. Reports of him no longer feeling dangerous may have been premature.