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DT Terrell McClain out for the season with toe injury

Terrell McClain (97) greets Eagles running back DeMarco Murray (29) at the line in the fourth quarter Sunday.
Terrell McClain (97) greets Eagles running back DeMarco Murray (29) at the line in the fourth quarter Sunday. Star-Telegram

The hits just keep coming for the Dallas Cowboys as defensive tackle Terrell McClain suffered a badly sprained toe in Sunday's 20-10 victory against the Philadelphia Eagles.

McClain, who needs surgery, was placed on season-ending injured reserve.

McClain was a key reserve up front for the Cowboys, playing behind nose tackle Nick Hayden. His penetrations played an important role in the team's run defense against the Eagles, who rushed for just 7 yards. He played 23 of 62 plays Sunday.

McClain has battled injuries since joining the Cowboys in March of 2014. He missed three games last year due to injuries, including two of the first four.

Ken Bishop likely will fill in for McClain as Hayden's primary reserve, though Davon Coleman could get some snaps there.

The Cowboys also signed rookie running back Gus Johnson back to the practice squad. Johnson was released from the practice squad last week. He will take the place of linebacker Joe Thomas, who was signed to the Green Bay Packers’ roster on Monday.

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