According to a report in the Dallas Morning News, middle linebacker Rolando McClain returned to practice Friday. On top of that, Jerry Jones says that McClain will play on Sunday.
Dallas Cowboys middle linebacker Rolando McClain will play Sunday in Seattle, Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said Friday.
McClain, who has been participating in the team's morning walk-throughs, practiced Friday for the first time this week.
Not only that, Jerry relayed a story about how McClain has become the leader on defense.
"He's going to play," Jones said on 105.3 The Fan [KRLD-FM]. "We need him obviously. He's a leader. I know last week at practice - at this time last week - he undressed one of our young receivers out there and just kind of stuck his gun back in his holster or he blew the smoke off the end, stuck his gun back in the holster. Just walked on back up to the line of scrimmage, ‘Let's go!' Everybody's eyes got big.
"He said, ‘Now, bring Houston on! Let's go!' He's can be a difference-maker. Of course, you've got to back it up, but his body language, just his approach to the thing is real inspirational to the team."
The guy seems a long way from the disinterested player who had retired twice and basically lost his fire inside to play the game. We've been talking all week about how you have to limit Russell Wilson with his running, having McClain in there should be a good start.
Today, Kyle Wilber was lining up next to McClain and Justin Durant at linebacker in the early part of practice. Last week, Anthony Hitchens got most of Bruce Carter's snaps. We'll have to wait and see which direction the Cowboys go with that. Cam Lawrence and Jack Crawford missed practice today. Anthony Spencer also sat out but he's been doing that every Friday since he returned.
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