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The Dallas Cowboys won't be reuniting with defensive tackle Terrell McClain.

The Cowboys were interested in bringing McClain back into the fold, but the Atlanta Falcons announced they'd reach an agreement with the veteran on Friday. Earlier in the day, Cowboys coach Jason Garrett addressed the McClain interest, particularly in light of defensive tackle Maliek Collins breaking his foot Thursday.

"We were interested in him before that [Collins injury] and certainly when a guy goes down, I don’t know if it accelerates the need, but it certainly doesn’t decrease it or diminish it," Garrett said. "So we like T-Mac. He’s done a really good job for us. He’s played his best football for us in his career, so hopefully we can come to an agreement with him and get him back in the fold."

That, of course, isn't going to happen. McClain spent 2014-16 with the Cowboys, becoming affectionately known as the "Dancing Bear," before leaving in free agency last offseason to sign with the Washington Redskins. McClain wasn't a good fit in the Redskins' 3-4 scheme, and the hope had been that he'd come back to a defensive scheme that fit him better.

But the Cowboys will move forward without him. Collins is expected to be sidelined for about three months, Garrett said, which would put him on pace to work his way back into practice in the middle of training camp.

Collins has battled foot injuries since joining the organization. He broke his right foot in 2016, and nursed a left foot injury much of last season. Collins had surgery on his left foot earlier this offseason and will do so again for the second time in five months.

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