Rolando McClain reinjured his groin against the Texans on Sunday, and his status for next week’s game at Seattle appears to be in question.
McClain was noticeably limping around the locker room after the Cowboys win, a game in which he exited late in the fourth quarter and sat out overtime.
McClain initially tweaked his groin in Week 2 at Tennessee, missed Week 3’s game at St. Louis before returning last week against the Saints in a limited role. He played the majority of the defensive snaps Sunday before injuring himself late in the game.
“The doctor said 2-4 weeks and it obviously hasn’t been that long,” McClain said. “Coming back and playing after one week, you’re going to have your ups and downs. It’s all a part of the game. You need to be out there. We need everybody out there.
“I think everybody is hurting at this point. It’s such a physical season, we play physical teams everywhere, and the way we try to play offense and defense we are physical too. Everybody is a little beat up. That’s just a part of the team. We’ve got a fighting spirit, so we’ve got to keep fighting.”
McClain’s presence could easily be seen throughout the game. He had six combined tackles and a quarterback hurry on the day, including a couple notable tackles on Texans running back Arian Foster.
“Whenever he’s with the team, he in himself just demands a level of respect, just demands a certain demeanor as far as how we conduct ourselves and play on defense,” cornerback Brandon Carr said. “It’s contagious. Nobody wants to be the weak link. Everybody wants to step up and do their part.”