Dallas Cowboys

Jermey Parnell ready to start if Doug Free can’t go

Doug Free was on the training room table Tuesday, getting his injured left ankle treated. He missed three games earlier this season with a sprained right foot.

Cowboys owner Jerry Jones hasn’t ruled Free out for Sunday’s game against the Colts, although a source said Free likely will miss two games.

“That’s a concern,” Jones said on his weekly radio show on KRLD-FM. “Doug has been working with his ankle. It is a concern. I have every reason to believe by the time Sunday gets here, we’ll have time to get him out there and get some play out of him. That’s going to be the way this injury is probably for the rest of the year to some degree.”

Jermey Parnell started at right tackle in the three games Free missed against the Giants, Redskins and Cardinals earlier this season. He also replaced Free in the second half last week against the Eagles.

Free has played 699 snaps this season, and Parnell 252. Among the Cowboys offensive linemen, Tyron Smith, Travis Frederick and Zack Martin have played every offensive snap.

Parnell, who has five career starts, is preparing as if he will play this week.

“As a swing tackle in this league, you’ve got to always be prepared,” Parnell said Tuesday. “That’s point blank, period. The reps out on the field to in the classroom, just always be prepared, and you’ll be ready.”

 

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