NFL stat fix highlights Micah Parsons dominant rip in Cowboys win over Lions

FRISCO — The NFL credited Micah Parsons with the sack he earned.

Parsons forced Detroit Lions quarterback Jared Goff out of the pocket last Sunday and cut his left ankle during the fourth quarter, but the sack was mistakenly scored to defensive end Dorance Armstrong. A Cowboys spokesman said Wednesday the league office corrected the ruling, meaning Parsons totaled two sacks instead of one in the 24-6 win.

The fix pushes Parsons to eight sacks this season, second in the NFL behind New England Patriots defensive end Matt Judson’s 8 1/2.

Parsons also recorded two sacks against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Week 1, the Cincinnati Bengals in Week 2 and the Los Angeles Rams in Week 5.

Clark enabled

It’s official.

Damone Clark is on the roster of 53 players.

The Cowboys linebacker and fifth-round rookie pick underwent spinal fusion surgery in March. Many teams thought he would miss the whole season, but he was activated from the non-football injury list on Wednesday.

Teammates and coaches have praised Clark’s ethics and resilience over the past few months.

Clark is well-positioned to make his special teams debut, but it’s still unclear when that opportunity will present itself. It’s a tough lineup to break through – linebackers Jabril Cox and Devin Harper were inactive last Sunday.

“The most important thing I knew was that I wouldn’t be out for a long time,” Clark said. “I knew there would be a time when I was going to step onto the pitch. I just stayed ready, stayed in my playbook, and stayed committed because, like I said, I knew the time was coming. I didn’t want my time to come here and I wasted the opportunity.

Clark has worked closely with Special Teams Coordinator John Fassel, demonstrating the initiative to learn all he can to be a primary contributor.

He played on special teams as an LSU rookie, but not since.

“It’s been a while,” Clark said. “Yes, there are a few wrinkles here and there, but we are football players. We have to adapt and adjust. In the end, it’s still football.

If anticipation for Clark’s debut hadn’t built enough already, Parsons told reporters he was trying to hit 21 miles per hour in practice this week after, he said, having been clocked at around 20.5 miles per hour last week.

“Damone is actually ahead of me, so it’s a competition right now,” Parsons said.

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