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Rolando McClain | Linebacker

Team: Dallas Cowboys
Age / DOB:  (25) / 7/14/1989
Ht / Wt:  6'4' / 259
College: Alabama
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Free agent ILB Rolando McClain is facing a four-game fine for violating the NFL's substance abuse policy.
A four-game fine is better than a four-game suspension, but will still scare teams away that may have otherwise been interested. McClain also battled a series of brain injuries late in the 2014 season. We suspect he'll end up back with the Cowboys, primarily because they won't have competition for him. Feb 21 - 2:22 PM

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Cowboys MLB Rolando McClain exited Sunday's Divisional Round game with a first-quarter head injury.

He's being evaluated for a concussion. McClain has suffered multiple head injuries in recent weeks. McClain was ruled out for the remainder of the game early in the third quarter.
Jan 11 - 1:29 PM

Cowboys MLB Rolando McClain (concussion) has been cleared to practice Friday and is expected to play in Sunday's Divisional Round game against the Packers.

McClain should be 100 percent, and the Cowboys are going to need him if they're to pull off the upset at Lambeau Field. McClain was Pro Football Focus' No. 8 inside linebacker this season, grading out positively vs. the run and pass.
Jan 9 - 11:53 AM

Cowboys MLB Rolando McClain (concussion) has yet to be cleared to resume practicing.

The same is true of DE Jeremy Mincey (concussion). The Cowboys are going to need all hands on deck if they're to spring an upset on a Packers team that went 8-0 at home this season.
Jan 8 - 4:55 PM

Cowboys MLB Rolando McClain (illness) has been ruled out for the remainder of the Wild Card Round.

McClain has been battling an illness for weeks now. He was also forced out of Dallas' Week 17 win over the Redskins early due to a sickness, which resulted in dehydration. When at 100 percent, McClain has arguably been the Cowboys' highest-impact offseason addition on defense.
Jan 4 - 6:29 PM

Cowboys MLB Rolando McClain (illness) has been ruled out for Week 17 against the Redskins after not traveling with the team.

McClain got in full practices on Thursday and Friday, so he likely came down with the illness Friday night. With the three seed locked up and a first-round bye a pipe dream, Dallas has no reason to push their starting MLB.
Sat, Dec 27, 2014 02:01:00 PM

Cowboys MLB Rolando McClain (knee) will play against the Jaguars in London Week 10.

McClain will play, but it is unclear how long he will be able to go. He did not practice all week. McClain is having a resurgent year, and is a big reason the Cowboys' defense is surprising.
Sun, Nov 9, 2014 11:44:00 AM

Cowboys MLB Rolando McClain (right knee) is expected to be "fine" for Week 10.

McClain was in distress after getting rolled up late in Sunday's loss to the Cardinals, but it was apparently just a scare. McClain has racked up all manner of nicks and bruises this season, but has yet to miss a game.
Sun, Nov 2, 2014 06:18:00 PM

Cowboys MLB Rolando McClain (groin) is active for Sunday's Week 6 game at Seattle.

McClain is the Cowboys' best run defender, but Marshawn Lynch still projects to absolutely shred in this matchup. The Cowboys inactives: QB Dustin Vaughan, S Jakar Hamilton, SLB Bruce Carter, DE Jack Crawford, DT Davon Coleman, DT Ken Bishop and OT Donald Hawkins.
Sun, Oct 12, 2014 03:12:00 PM

Cowboys MLB Rolando McClain (groin) is expected to play Week 6 against the Seahawks.

McClain has been on and off the shelf with the groin issue since originally hurting it in Week 2. He's the Cowboys' best run defender, and they're going to need him to help stop Marshawn Lynch. SLB Bruce Carter (groin) is likely to sit.
Fri, Oct 10, 2014 09:07:00 AM

Cowboys MLB Rolando McClain was forced from Dallas' Week 5 game against the Texans with a left-groin injury.

It's an aggravation of McClain's previous groin issue. McClain went down late in the fourth quarter, slamming his helmet on the sideline in frustration after asking out of the game. The good news is, he's considered day to day.
Sun, Oct 5, 2014 04:08:00 PM

Cowboys MLB Rolando McClain (groin) is active for Sunday night's Week 4 game against the Saints.

McClain was able to practice on a limited basis Friday and will return after missing last week's game. It's an upgrade for the Cowboys' run defense. Inactive for Dallas are QB Dustin Vaughan, DB Tyler Patmon, LB Korey Toomer, DT Davon Coleman, DE Lavar Edwards, DT Terrell McClain, and OT Donald Hawkins.
Sun, Sep 28, 2014 07:00:00 PM

Cowboys MLB Rolando McClain (groin) is listed as doubtful for Week 3.

Dallas is allowing well over 5.0 YPC to enemy tailbacks through two games, but McClain has played stout run defense. This is a bump for Zac Stacy.
Fri, Sep 19, 2014 03:32:00 PM

Speaking Monday, Cowboys SLB Bruce Carter said Justin Durant will man the weak-side, and that Rolando McClain will start in the middle.

That may be the Cowboys' starting trio, but Durant is expected to be the only every-down player. Fourth-rounder Anthony Hitchens should mix in with McClain, who hasn't started a game since November 2012. The Cowboys are using duct tape and glue as they attempt to assemble their 2014 defense.
Mon, Sep 1, 2014 03:22:00 PM

The Cowboys will begin giving first-team reps to Rolando McClain at middle linebacker.

The 'Boys want to use Justin Durant at weak-side linebacker, so they're heaving a hail mary as they desperately attempt to replace Sean Lee. Twice "retired," McClain hasn't appeared in a regular-season game since November 2012. The Cowboys are in danger of fielding an(other) historically-bad defense this season.
Source: ESPN Dallas
Mon, Aug 18, 2014 02:44:00 PM