ARLINGTON, Texas (CBSDFW.COM) – Two more Dallas starters were added to the COVID-19 list on Thursday, Jan 6, just one day after rookie linebacker Micah Parsons went into protocol.

Anthony Brown sits in the end zone after being penalized for pass interference during the Nov 25 game against the raiders. (credit: Richard Rodriguez/Getty Images)

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Head Coach Mike McCarthy said that offensive tackle Tyron Smith and cornerback Anthony Brown were the latest players to go into COVID-19 protocol and that “a number of [other] guys” are sick but have not tested positive yet.

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Smith, Brown, and Parsons will all miss next week’s game in Philly, but will hopefully be able to return in time for the Wild Card round home game some time between January 15 and 17.

Smith will likely be replaced this week by Terence Steele, who has started in five games this season. Brown’s substitute will probably be Kelvin Joseph, and the inside linebacker position is expected to rotate between. Keanu Neal, Leighton Vander Esch, and Luke Gifford.

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The Cowboys will play the Eagles in Philadelphia on Saturday, Jan 8 at 7:15 p.m. Staff