Dallas Cowboys defensive tackle Terrell McClain had returned to practice in a limited fashion this week, stoking hopes that he would be able to suit up when the Cowboys take on the San Francisco 49ers this Sunday. Unfortunately that likely won't happen.
Dallas Cowboys defensive tackle Terrell McClain said he doesn’t expect to play in the season opener Sunday against the San Francisco 49ers. McClain practice for the first time Monday since he suffered a high right ankle sprain the first week of training camp, but he said the Cowboys want to be cautious with him and not rush him back to the field. McClain said he hasn’t suffered any setback since returning to practice this week. McClain said he’s hopeful that he’ll be ready to play for the Cowboys’ Week 2 game at Tennessee.
With McClain out, Nick Hayden will likely be the starter and seventh-round draft pick Ken Bishop will be the backup/rotation guy. Anthony Spencer and Darrion Weems both sat out of practice and George Selvie participated, he's still likely to play on Sunday.
In unexpected news, Terrance Williams and Zack Martin end up on the injury report. Williams didn't practice because of a back problem and Martin was limited with a foot injury. Both players were at practice for the opening 30 minutes available to the media.
On the 49ers side of things, Michael Crabtree is supposed to return to practice later today and says he will play on Sunday. Tackle Anthony David hasn't practice all preseason and hasn't yet this week, so he will almost certainly be out, leaving Jonathan Martin to play right tackle.