Rolando McClain should be good enough to go Sunday in Seattle, owner Jerry Jones said on his KRLD-FM radio show Friday.
McClain re-injured his groin during last week’s game against the Texans and has not practice yet this week. Coach Jason Garrett hopes that McClain can do something during Friday’s practice.
McClain has been nursing several injuries in his first season with the Cowboys, as he continues to get into football shape after sitting out last season.
But, when he’s been on the field, McClain has made a noticeable difference. He brings a much-needed physicality to the team and that will certainly be needed against the Seahawks and their power running game behind Marshawn Lynch.
“It’s a physical football team that we’re playing, but we aspire to be a physical team in all three phases of our team,” Garrett said. “The way you take on blocks and the way you tackle, there’s a way to do that. We want turnaround tackles, what we call them. We want guys getting knocked back. Can you do that every time? No. But certainly when you get a chance to do that and impose a physical presence, that’s certainly what you want to do.”
Asked if McClain was worth suiting up even if he wasn’t 100 percent, Garrett said: “That’s a hard one to answer. Obviously the player has to be capable of playing. He has to be able to handle what his job is. A lot of guys are nicked up, a lot fo guys are dealing with injuries every week and that’s just part of this league.
“But you want to make sure the player is physically capable of doing what you’re asking him to do. He’s certainly a guy that when he’s out there, has a presence on our defense. He’s really grasping a leadership role not only with his performance but also just the demeanor he plays with.”