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Micah Parsons Excited to Get DeMarcus Lawrence Back on Cowboys D-Line

Regardless of his rookie status, is arguably the best player on the in 2021. The holder of that title for the last few seasons, , has missed every game since Week One with a broken foot. The two may finally get to play together again this Thursday in New Orleans and Parsons is excited to get his teammate back.

Lawrence played in the season opener against Tampa Bay, registering five tackles and a forced fumble, as Dallas nearly upset the Buccaneers. But the was lost for the next 10 games after breaking his foot in practice a few days later.

Tank's long absence, especially when coinciding with four missed games for DE , has forced Parsons to do more pass rushing than originally anticipated for the rookie . But Micah's been up to the challenge and already has nine so far in 2021.

Gregory is technically eligible to return for this week's game against the Saints but isn't expected back until at least at Washington. But if the current reports and positive signs prove true, DeMarcus Lawrence will be back on the field for the Cowboys this Thursday night in New Orleans.

After carrying the defensive front for much of the year, Parsons is unsurprisingly thrilled to see Lawrence's return.

What will Tank's return mean for how Parsons is used? With neither or standing out at linebacker, Dallas may deploy Micah more at his original position and entrust pass rushing to Lawrence and .

Given his proven prowess at getting to opposing quarterbacks, Parsons could still line up at DE some on clear passing downs. But as we saw a few weeks ago against the , Micah can be an impact player from his LB spot as well.

Lawrence hasn't been a double-digit sack producer since 2018, often fighting double teams as Dallas' premiere . But his presence helped get 11.5 sacks in 2019 and allowed and Randy Gregory to combine for 8.5 sacks last year.

Whether it frees Parsons up to play more linebacker or simply get less attention as a pass rusher, Tank's return can only help his young co-leader in the Cowboys' late-season push.

We've had a bad run lately of expected returns not happening so you can be deservedly dubious that DeMarcus will actually play on Thursday night. We were all disappointed last week that WR missed , plus not getting OT back for the Kansas City game despite earlier reports.

Hopefully the same doesn't happen with DeMarcus Lawrence in Week 13. Dallas needs to right the ship after going 1-3 in November and Tank's return may be a huge help.

Jess Haynie
Jess Haynie
Cowboys fan since 1992, blogger since 2011. Bringing you the objectivity of an outside perspective with the passion of a die-hard fan. I love to talk to my readers, so please comment on any article and I'll be sure to respond!

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