IRVING, Texas- The Cowboys got a much-needed lift on defense Friday with the return of middle linebacker Rolando McClain, who was out for two days this week dealing with personal family matters.
The Cowboys have been aware for weeks that McClain needed some days to leave and had him prepared for the game plan for Sunday against the Giants.
Still, having him back on the field is a bonus for the Cowboys. McClain leads the team in tackles (43), interceptions (two) and tackles for loss (two).
- The Cowboys waived linebacker Korey Toomer and filled his spot with recently-cut defensive end Lavar Edwards. Toomer, who was claimed off waivers from Seattle, played in his first game last week against his former team, but only on special teams. He has been either inactive or active and didn't play in the first five games since joining the team.[embeddedad0]
- Edwards was cut last week to make room for offensive tackle Tony Hill. Edwards got a few snaps last week against the Seahawks in a rotation. His spot on the team could be temporary with rookie DeMarcus Lawrence scheduled to return to the roster on Oct. 28.
- Players on the injury report who were practicing Friday include Tony Romo (ribs, ankle, back), DeMarco Murray (illness), Anthony Spencer (knee) and Tyron Smith (ankle).
- Linebacker Bruce Carter is not expected to play this week with a thigh/quad injury. But he has said earlier in the week he plans on playing Oct. 27 against Washington.