The Cowboys list starting middle linebacker Rolando McClain as questionable. He did not practice this week but did participate in the walk-throughs.
“We’ll see,” he said when asked if he would play this week.
McClain missed the Week 3 game against St. Louis with a groin injury but has played through that since then. Although the Cowboys still list him with that injury, McClain also sprained his right knee last week.
If McClain can’t play, rookie Anthony Hitchens will move from weakside linebacker to middle linebacker. Bruce Carter would move from strongside linebacker to the weakside side, with Kyle Wilber on the strongside.
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Hitchens has started one game at middle linebacker, one at weakside linebacker and one at strongside linebacker. He has played 178 defensive snaps, or 32.4 percent.
“We kind of keep mixing all that up, all yearlong,” defensive coordinator Rod Marinelli said. “Hitch has done a really nice job. He’s played three positions for us as a rookie, which in this system, it’s really hard playing one. He’s really bright, and I thought he played very well last week.”
The Cowboys already have lost linebackers Sean Lee and Justin Durant for the season, leaving them thin at the position.