Another Dallas Cowboys training camp practice is in the books. While Monday's practice garnered more excitement since it marked the first time players wore pads, the intensity was much more noticeable on Tuesday.
Between Dak Prescott compiling 12 touchdowns during red zone drills, Trevon Diggs chirping Prescott multiple times after defensive stops, Micah Parsons getting home seemingly every time he rushed the quarterback, and seventh-round draft pick Jalen Brooks continuing to impress, Tuesday had a little bit of everything.
Not everything from the practice oozed positivity, however.
During team drills, Parsons breezed past Chuma Edoga to get into the backfield. Aware he was making a beeline for Prescott, Parsons pulled up to avoid hitting the quarterback. The only problem? Parsons slipped and barreled into Prescott's lower half, forcing No. 4 to take an awkward fall.
Micah Parsons nearly injured Dak Prescott at Cowboys training camp
Parsons isn't (entirely) at fault here. He's simply doing his job. It's not his fault Chuma Edoga completely whiffed at the line of scrimmage.
That said, this play could just as easily have derailed the Cowboys season. The NFL has done everything within its purview to ban low hits on quarterbacks. Mostly because they often result in serious injuries. There are countless examples, but Tom Brady's torn ACL in 2008 after a hit to the knee springs to mind.
This puts the Cowboys in a precarious spot.
With or without pads, Parsons has been utterly unblockable. Are Mike McCarthy and Dan Quinn supposed to instruct Parsons to ease up? Competition brings out the best in athletes. What good would that do for the offensive line, and even Dak Prescott if he was always throwing from a clean pocket?
Further, couldn't it put Parsons in harms way and risk injury? The easiest solution is simply ask Parsons to not hit the quarterback. That might be easier said than done, but perhaps the former Defensive Rookie of the Year will learn from this isolated blunder.
Either way, Cowboys Twitter did not appreciate watching Prescott go down.
Those tweets sum up how Cowboys fans felt seeing this highlight on social media.
Ultimately, Parsons knows not to hit the quarterback. Next time he'll obviously have to run past Prescott. It's possible he got lost in the moment or simply couldn't halt his momentum, but the concerning part is could have had a much different outcome if he hit Prescott differently or Dak hurt himself trying to dodge the hit.