IRVING, Texas -- Rolando McClain is still working his way into the flow of the season.
After missing most of the offseason program, minicamp, almost all of training camp recovering from knee surgery, and the first four games of the season due to a suspension, the Dallas Cowboys linebacker has played in the past two games.
“It’s been up and down,” McClain said. “You have a week, first time really practicing since really the Packers last year, then you have a week, then you have a bye week, then last week you’re sick as a dog going into that game so it’s hard getting into a rhythm. It’s hard. (Linebackers coach Matt Eberflus) has been doing a good job. I've been pushing myself to be ready and getting used to it. It’s just a grind.”
McClain has been credited with 16 tackles by the coaches, but he was sluggish in last week’s loss to the Giants because of the flu.
“As you all know with the flu it is what it is,” McClain said. “It’s hard to get out of bed let alone play in a National Football League game. That’s no excuse. We didn’t get the job done as a team. I didn’t do enough and I expect more from myself.”
McClain said he is feeling better this week.
The Cowboys need him to be better with the Seahawks coming to AT&T Stadium. In last year’s win in Seattle, McClain had eight tackles, one tackle for loss, one pass breakup and he clinched the game with an interception.
“They’re a great team, great running back, old Marshawn (Lynch),” McClain said. “You’ve got to worry about the quarterback getting loose. So we got our hands full. We’re practicing well and trying to get everything in order and hopefully it carries over to Sunday.”