ARLINGTON, Texas – The Cowboys will sit both of their rookie defensive tackles for Sunday's game against Houston, which seems like an encouraging sign for Terrell McClain.
Both Davon Coleman and Ken Bishop are among the Week 5 inactives, released Sunday morning. Dustin Vaughan, Bruce Carter, Korey Toomer, Donald Hawkins and Lavar Edwards are also inactive.
With two defensive tackles sitting, it seems like a good bet that the Cowboys expect McClain can handle a full work load. He suffered a concussion in Week 3 against St. Louis, and
after practicing just one day last week, he was made inactive for the win against New Orleans. McClain went through the full practice regimen this week, however, and should be available alongside Henry Melton and Nick Hayden. The Cowboys may also lean on Tyrone Crawford to once again contribute at defensive tackle.
Carter's presence on the inactive list isn't surprising, as he was ruled out of the game on Friday's injury report with his quad injury. Toomer is a bit more surprising, as it was thought he might help contribute in Carter's absence this week. Instead, the Cowboys will look to Anthony Hitchens and Kyle Wilber. They also called up rookie Keith Smith from the practice [embedded_ad] squad.
Edwards hasn't played in a game since the Week 1 loss to San Francisco. He was inactive against the Titans, waived for the St. Louis game and has been inactive in both Week 4 and Week 5 after re-signing with the team.