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Jason Garrett still sees desire from Rolando McClain

08/20/2014 12:59 PM

08/20/2014 12:59 PM

Durability is becoming an issue with Rolando McClain.

The Cowboys would like McClain to win the starting middle linebacker job, but he continues to miss practice time with various setbacks. The latest came Wednesday when he cramped up in the morning and sat out.

Cramps also forced him to cut his Tuesday practice short. McClain has previously missed practices, or parts of practice, with a stomach virus, a tight hamstring, knee tendinitis and a tight quadriceps.

“We are for practice, we practice for a reason,” coach Jason Garrett said. “We want guys to be out there. When you are not out there, it’s not good for them, it’s not good for our team.”

Garrett hopes McClain is able to practice Thursday and said he has not questioned McClain’s desire to play or the legitimacy of his injuries.

“I have seen him practice,” Garrett said. “Now he, like everybody on our team, have to do it again and again and again. He has some things that have side tracked him here for a day or two throughout training camp. But obviously being out at practice playing play after play, day after day matters. So hopefully he will have a chance to do that starting again tomorrow.”

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