Cowboys avoid disaster as limping Micah Parsons returns from knee injury vs Patriots

Dallas Cowboys linebacker Micah Parsons (11) celebrates his sack against the Arizona Cardinals at
Dallas Cowboys linebacker Micah Parsons (11) celebrates his sack against the Arizona Cardinals at / Joe Rondone/The Republic / USA TODAY

The Dallas Cowboys have a comfortable 21-3 lead (now 28-3) against the New England Patriots after Dante Fowler strip-sacked Mac Jones that Leighton Vander Esch scooped up for an easy touchdown in the second quarter.

It's been largely a lights-out performance from the Cowboys' defense, which speaks volumes considering Micah Parsons hasn't made a Parsons-esque impact. While he's been disruptive, he's yet to make his familiar splash play.

Fans in AT&T Stadium might have to wait a little longer for the lion crawl, unfortunately, as Parsons was seen limping off the field favoring his left foot/ankle after he was seemingly cleated by a Patriots defensive linemen during a pass rush.

Micah Parsons injury update: Cowboys star returns from knee injury vs Patriots

It's tough to decipher what kind of injury Parsons is dealing with. It looks as though his heel was cleated by a Patriots DL. Whatever happened, it was painful enough that Parsons struggled putting weight on his left leg.

The Cowboys superstar entered the medical tent for further evaluation. He spoke with the medical staff briefly before making his way back to the sideline. Parsons has since reentered the game so fans can breath a sigh of relief.

Per Fox sideline reporter Erin Andrews, Parsons tweaked his knee. The two-time All-Pro seemingly isn't limited by the injury, but suffice it to say the medical team will be watching him closely to see if he favors the knee at all.

If the game gets out of hand in the second half -- DaRon Bland just extended the Cowboys lead to 28-3 with a pick-six off Mac Jones -- it might behoove Dallas to sit Parsons. There's no sense risking a potential re-aggravation while nursing a three-touchdown lead.

Though the Cowboys are rolling, you could hear a pin drop in the stadium as Parsons limped off the field. For the time being, it seems Dallas tip-toed around a disaster of epic proportions.

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