Hitchens is the favorite to start at middle linebacker while Rolando McClain serves his 10-game suspension, Dallas Morning News reports.
He's started 20 games over the last two years filling in for McClain and Sean Lee, and that familiarity with the system gives Hitchens an edge over veteran Andrew Gachkar and second-year player Mark Nzeocha. Hitchens' production took a step backwards last season though, and if the ultra-athletic Nzeocha flashes in training camp and the preseason he could put a lot of pressure on Hitchens for the job.
Anthony Hitchens (ankle) is active Sunday against the Buccaneers, Brandon George of the Dallas Morning News reports.
After missing practice on Wednesday and Thurday, Hitchens put in a limited practice on Friday, so he'll see time at outside linebacker. However, he's only averaged 15 snaps over his last three contests, so he may not be a major factor against the Buccaneers.
Anthony Hitchens (ankle) is questionable for Sunday's game, David Helman of Dallas Dallas Cowboys .com reports.
With Sean Lee already ruled out of Sunday's game due to a concussion and Rolando McClain also questionable with a hand injury, Hitchens could provide a major impact for IDP owners if he is able to take the field. For now it appears as if both Hitchens and McClain will be game-time decisions, so IDP owners hoping to use either linebacker should check back in closer to kickoff.
Dallas Cowboys linebacker Anthony Hitchens recorded 11 tackles and added half a sack in Sunday's OT loss to the New Orleans Saints .
He now has 31 tackles and 1 1/2 sacks through four games, and if the concussion that took Sean Lee out of the game keeps him sidelined for any length of time, Hitchens becomes a very interesting individual defensive player asset even though Rolando McClain will return from his suspension in Week 5.
Hitchens, who had been dealing this offseason with a variety of physical issues, had an ankle problem at the end of last year. He played in all 16 games, however, and contributed to 75 tackles.
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|P3||8/25/16||@ SEA||10:00 pm|
|2||9/18/16||@ WAS||1:00 pm|
|4||10/2/16||@ SF||4:25 pm|
|6||10/16/16||@ GB||4:25 pm|
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|14||12/11/16||@ NYG||8:30 pm|
|17||1/1/17||@ PHI||1:00 pm|
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