The Cowboys played without one of their starting offensive linemen for the first time this season. Doug Free fractured a bone in his foot last week, putting Jermey Parnell in the starting lineup.
“He’s the leader in our room,” Parnell said of Free. “I’m sorry he’ll be out for a little while, but as a backup, it’s my job to come in and fill that role and no dropoff.”
It was only the third career start for Parnell. He started at left tackle for Tyron Smith in 2012. Parnell also started a game in 2013 when the Cowboys opened in their jumbo package with six offensive linemen.
“It felt very good to get in,” Parnell said. “I’m happy. I’m so fortunate for this opportunity.”
Quarterback Tony Romo was sacked twice, and the Cowboys gained 423 yards.
“I will obviously have to watch the tape, but for us to be as productive as we were in the pass game and the run game, I am assuming he was a big part of that. We trust in Jermey, and he did a good job of stepping in today.”