A journeyman playing for his third team in as many years, McClain suited up 13 times for a Falcons defense that ranked eighth worst against the run in 2018. He's mostly contributed as a rotational player across eight pro seasons, but his five starts this season were the second most for McClain since his rookie campaign of 2011 with the Panthers. McClain's future in Atlanta remains up in the air with his contract expiring this winter, and the promising Deadrin Senat potentially looking at an increased workload at nose tackle moving forward.
McClain (toe) was a full participant in Wednesday's practice, Vaughn McClure of ESPN.com reports.
McClain sat out Atlanta's win over the Cardinals in Week 15 due to a toe injury but now appears to be nearing a full recovery. If the veteran defensive end is able to suit up against the Panthers on Sunday, expect him to slot back into his usual starting role.
McClain (toe) will not suit up against the Cardinals on Sunday, Jason Butt of The Athletic reports.
McClain will miss his first game of the season due to a toe injury. As long as the veteran defensive tackle remains sidelined, expect Deadrin Senat to benefit from an uptick in defensive snaps.
McClain will be competing with rookie Deadrin Senat for a starting defensive tackle spot alongside Grady Jarrett, D. Orlando Ledbetter of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.
Atlanta signed McClain to a one-year contract in May to be a rotational player at the very least, if not a candidate to fill the vacant starting role at defensive tackle that arose when Dontari Poe departed for Carolina during free agency. Defensive line coach Bryant Young said of McClain earlier this offseason, "He's a guy that's been around and has experience. He's a good run defender (and) I think he'll help us in being able to push the pocket as well." It's plausible that McClain will get the nod for the Week 1 starting 11 given that Jack Crawford has been easing his way back into practice after suffering a torn bicep last season, while Senat may need some time to develop before the coaching staff entrusts the rookie to a down-in, down-out workload.
The addition of McClain to the Falcons' defensive line addresses a major need at tackle alongside Grady Jarrett and Vic Beasley. McClain was most recently released by the Redskins nearly two weeks ago after just one season with the franchise. The veteran defensive tackle appeared in 12 games in Washington in 2017, recording 20 total tackles and two sacks.
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