Hitchens was limited in practice Thursday after suffering a knee bruise on Wednesday. The linebacker said he'll be ready to play Sunday, Kate Hairopoulos of the Dallas Morning News reports.
Seems as if the middle linebacker is dealing with a minor setback and doesn't expect to be held out for any extended period of time. Look for his participation in Friday's practice to help determine his status for Sunday's tilt with the Cowboys. If he is ultimately ruled out, expect Mark Nzeocha to get the spot start.
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.
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