Cowboys Get Massive Update on Micah Parsons' Offseason Absence

With Micah Parsons being absent from this week's OTAs, Dallas Cowboys fans received a much-needed update regarding their superstar defender on Wednesday.
There's no reason to panic when it comes to Micah Parsons OTAs absence.
There's no reason to panic when it comes to Micah Parsons OTAs absence. / Jim Dedmon-USA TODAY Sports

As all 32 NFL teams began their organized team activities (OTAs) this week, Dallas Cowboys fans have been left in a panic.

Two of the franchise's most important players — Micah Parsons and CeeDee Lamb — have been noticeably absent throughout this year's OTAs. While Lamb's absence was expected, Cowboys fans are concerned that something serious is going on with Parsons.

Parsons, who's Dallas' most important defender, is looking for a contract extension, so it's understandable that the fanbase is worried about a potential holdout. Fortunately, the latest update surrounding the 24-year-old should put a lot of Cowboys supporters' minds at ease.

Cowboys News: Micah Parsons to Join Teammates Next Week

NFL Network's Jane Slater appeared on Tuesday's edition of "The Insiders" to discuss Parsons' situation. Slater said that she recently texted the three-time Pro-Bowler to find out when he'll rejoin the team, only for Parsons to say that he'll be back with the Cowboys next week for "in-house media responsibilities," which includes recording graphics for the upcoming season.

Slater added that Parsons confirmed that he'll be in attendance when Dallas begins its mandatory minicamp, which is set to begin on June 4.

After that update, a lot of Cowboys fans should breathe easier. This week's OTAs were voluntary anyway, so it isn't as if Parsons was required to show up. Plus, as Slater explains, the ex-Penn State product was just on the 10-day 2024 Asia Tour with Houston Texans QB C.J. Stroud to help "provide players around the world with an opportunity to play football and receive [an] education" in America.

It wouldn't be shocking if head coach Mike McCarthy was fine with giving Parsons some time off so that the latter could be well-rested for minicamp.

With nothing to be concerned about, Cowboys fans can't wait to see more dominance from Parsons in his fourth NFL campaign. The three-time All-Pro stud was among the league's best defenders again last season, racking up 36 solo tackles, two defended passes, a forced fumble, and a career-high 14.0 sacks.

By the time the dust settled, Pro Football Focus gave the former Nittany Lion the second-best pass rush (93.7) and overall defense (92.4) grades among over 100 eligible edge defenders.

As the Cowboys aim to finally end their Super Bowl drought, all signs point to Parsons having another career year. The dominant Dallas defender is currently FanDuel Sportsbook's +600 odds-on favorite to be named the 2024 NFL Defensive Player of the Year after finishing second or third in award voting in each of the last three seasons.

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