After sitting out four games due to suspension, Dallas Cowboys’ DE Greg Hardy and LB Rolando McClain felt good to be back with the team this week. With injury issues piling up, the team needs some dependable, healthy players to rely on.
Just a few months ago, the NFL conducted a series of investigations and found out that Hardy violated the Personal Conduct Policy which was the reason why he got suspended. McClain, on the other hand, had to miss the start of season for a substance abuse violation.
Head coach Jason Garrett said that they’re expecting both Hardy and McClain to join their lineup this week. On Wednesday, the two Cowboys’ starters were seen practicing with their colleagues at Valley Ranch. McClain admitted that his body feels heavier now compared to last year and he’s happy that he finally got his weight back. The guys are so excited to play a part on the team’s defense and somehow, give it a little boost for their upcoming game against the New England Patriots.
In addition to Dez Bryant and Randy Gregory, the Dallas Cowboys also added three names on the list of absentees for Wednesday. Sean Lee is going through a concussion protocol and wasn’t able to participate in team drills. WR Brice Butler also did not show up at Cowboys’ practice complex as he was nursing a sore hamstring. TE James Hanna had to take some rest after injuring his right ankle during the second quarter of their Week 4 game.
As the team prepares for the game against the Patriots, there’s a big possibility that they’ll make some changes to their roster once more. Fans shouldn’t be surprised to see Lavar Edwards on the field this Sunday since it was revealed that the defensive end will be activated to take over Dunbar’s position. He was a 2013 fifth-round pick of the Tennessee Titans before being traded to the Dallas Cowboys last year. Edwards was dismissed from the team to make room for RB Christine Michael but fortunately, he got re-signed to practice squad a few weeks back.
A linebacker was reunited again with the boys after being released on Monday. Keith Smith, along with defensive tackle Ken Bishop, was waived by the team to create roster space for Greg Hardy and Rolando McClain. Smith entered the league as an undrafted free agent in 2014 and has never played for any other team despite multiple stints with the Cowboys. He’ll be filling in the open spot left by Lavar Edwards in the practice squad roster.