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McClain (groin) is doubtful for Sunday's game against St. Louis.

McClain did very well for Dallas in the first two weeks, so this development is disappointing. Bruce Carter and Anthony Hitchens might serve as Dallas' top two linebackers against the Rams.

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McClain (groin) must "practice this week in some way, shape or form" in order to play Sunday at St. Louis, according to coach Jason Garrett, ESPN Dallas reports.

McClain missed practice for a second day in a row Thursday, meaning Friday represents his last opportunity to prove his viability in advance of Sunday's game. If he fails to don pads in Week 3, rookie Anthony Hitchens would man middle linebacker for the Cowboys.

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McClain (groin) didn't participate in Wednesday's practice, the Cowboys' official site reports.

McClain is living up to his potential in his return to football, racking up 15 tackles (12 solo), one sack, and one interception while manning middle linebacker for Justin Durant (groin). If he fends off his groin injury by Sunday in St. Louis, another performance up to the par of the first two weeks could result in a guaranteed gig and sustained IDP relevance.

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McClain had a big game Sunday, recording a team-high seven tackles with a sack and an acrobatic interception.

Had the INT doesn't been initially ruled incomplete on the field, McClain might have had a pick six. He isn't the defensive captain Sean Lee is, but through two games McClain has turned in a strong IDP performance.

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McClain picked up eight tackles in Sunday's loss to the 49ers.

He looked good in his first regular season game action since 2012. The Cowboys' defense figures to be busy all season, so McClain should be on your IDP radar.

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McClain will get the start at middle linebacker on Sunday, the Dallas Morning News reports.

Justin Durant will start at the weak side and be the captain of the defense, while Bruce Carter shifts to strong-side LB. McClain may not yet have the stamina to be an every-down defender, so don't rush out and snap him up in IDP leagues, but he does have some upside once he gets fully up to speed.

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McClain (knee) hasn't been listed on the Cowboys' injury report in advance of Sunday's opener against the 49ers, the Dallas Morning News reports.

After hurting his right knee Monday, McClain has been unaffected in drills both Wednesday and Thursday, intimating the minor nature of the ailment. It's unclear who coach Jason Garrett will turn to at middle linebacker between McClain and Justin Durant, but the former first-round pick of the 2010 NFL Draft last played in 2012, when he totaled 60 tackles across 11 games.

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McClain injured his right knee during Monday's practice, the Dallas Morning News reports.

At this point the injury doesn't appear to be serious, but we should get more information as the weekend draws closer. If he's healthy, McClain is the leading candidate to fill in at middle linebacker for the Cowboys.

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Rookie Anthony Hitchens, and not McClain (cramping), got the first-team reps at middle linebacker during Thursday's practice, the Dallas Morning News reports.

While McClain is still probably the Cowboys' first choice among active players to man their MLB spot, at present nothing should be taken for granted, especially given McClain's history of retiring at the drop of a hat. This battle might not be settled until just before Week 1.

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McClain missed Wednesday's practice due to cramping, the Dallas Morning News reports.

McClain began working as the Cowboys' starting middle linebacker this week, pushing teammate Justin Durant to Dallas' weakside position, but cramped-up to end Tuesday's practice, thus holding him out Wednesday as well. Nonetheless, the Cowboys are intrigued by the prospect of McClain adding significant athleticism in the middle of their defense to help replace Sean Lee (knee). After having Wednesday off, McClain will hopefully be able to practice in Thursday's final session before Saturday's third preseason game versus Miami.