Cowboys LB Micah Parsons, and OT Tyron Smith were removed from the reserve/COVID-19 lists

While COVID-19 prevented Dallas Cowboys standouts Tyron and Micah Smith from playing in their regular season finale against Philadelphia Eagles, it will not prevent them from participating in the club’s playoff opener. They have been taken off the reserve/COVID-19 roster ahead of Sunday’s playoff opener against San Francisco 49ers at 4:30 p.m. ET, CBS), coach Mike McCarthy Announced Wednesday.

Both additions are crucial as Smith anchors Cowboys’ offensive line at left tackle and Parsons, a first-round draft selection, has been a great help to the defense during his rookie season. Starting safety Jayron Kearse remains in COVID-19 protocols, per McCarthy.

Smith, an 8-time Pro Bowler, has struggled this season after sustaining an ankle injury in November that required him to miss three games. Smith was injured in December while playing for the Washington Football Team. However, he returned to Dallas to play in the Cardinals’ Week 17 defeat. He will be returning to the 49ers game to solidify an offensive line that is amongst the best in the NFL, when healthy.

Parsons is a versatile linebacker who has made a significant contribution to the Cowboys’ defense. He plays both in pass rush and off the ball. In his first professional season, Parsons has recorded 13 sacks, 30 quarterback hits, three forced fumbles, and made 84 tackles. Most of his sack production came after he was asked to rush more off the edge while DeMarcus Lawrence, Randy Gregory, and Randy Gregory were recovering from injuries.