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Rolando McClain | Linebacker

Team: Dallas Cowboys
Age / DOB:  (26) / 7/14/1989
Ht / Wt:  6'4' / 255
College: Alabama
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Cowboys MLB Rolando McClain (hand/foot, questionable) did not practice Friday.
McClain was dealing with just a hand issue earlier in the week and was able to practice in full Thursday. Not being able to practice on Friday with a new injury is not a great sign. With Sean Lee (concussion) already ruled out, the Cowboys could be very thin at linebacker against the Bucs. Doug Martin would get a boost if both players sit. Nov 13 - 3:07 PM

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Cowboys activated MLB Rolando McClain (knee scope) from the active/PUP list.

McClain is suspended for Weeks 1-4, but will be ready to rock against the Patriots in Week 5. One of 2014's biggest surprises, McClain will be returning to a starting job.
Aug 31 - 5:08 PM

Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said MLB Rolando McClain (knee) would be ready for Week 1 if he wasn't suspended four games.

Jones said the Cowboys aren't concerned about McClain missing the team's preseason slate. "We know what he can do," said Jones. "That has not been diminished in terms physically of what he’s able to do." McClain will be back for the team's Week 5 tilt against New England as long as he can avoid setbacks.
Aug 16 - 11:01 AM

Cowboys MLB Rolando McClain (knee scope) remains without a timetable for a return.

With McClain suspended for the first four games of the season, the Cowboys aren't rushing his return. He should be back to full health sometime in the next month.
Aug 10 - 3:32 PM

Cowboys placed MLB Rolando McClain (knee scope) on the active/PUP list.

McClain participated in individual drills during minicamp, but still isn't full-go. Suspended for the first four games of the season, McClain will be eased along in camp.
Jul 30 - 1:44 PM

The Cowboys have a "growing frustration level" with suspended MLB Rolando McClain.

"The patience and question of whether it's worth the trouble is not the same now that Sean Lee is back," the Ticket’s Bob Sturm said. "I would not assume he will be here all year at this point." The Cowboys reportedly feel let down by McClain’s suspension after taking a chance on him. McClain will miss the first four games of 2015 and could be held out through the Cowboys Week 6 bye. Jasper Brinkley is the favorite to replace McClain, with Lee remaining on the weak side.
Jul 11 - 8:59 PM

NFL suspended Cowboys MLB Rolando McClain four games for violating the league's substance-abuse policy.

McClain was originally believed to be facing a four-game fine, which would have meant three failed tests. A fourth failed test triggers a suspension. McClain simply can't stay out of his own way, though this is his first league-imposed suspension. It would likely be his second had he not "retired" in May 2013. McClain is coming off a renaissance year for the Cowboys, but is recovering from a knee scope in addition to his suspension. The end to his 2014-15 was marred by repeated head issues. McClain turns 26 in July. He's likely one strike away from being out of the NFL.
Jul 2 - 2:48 PM

Cowboys MLB Rolando McClain (knee) participated in individual drills during minicamp.

An offseason knee scope forced McClain to miss OTAs, but his limited participation during minicamp suggests he will be ready to go when training camp opens next month. McClain had a career resurgence with the Cowboys last season, recording 87 tackles and two interceptions across 13 games.
Jun 20 - 1:29 PM

Cowboys MLB Rolando McClain underwent an offseason knee scope and isn't participating in OTAs.

Per coach Jason Garrett, McClain is also taking care of some personal business away from OTAs. McClain drew little interest on the free-agent market before re-upping with the Cowboys on a one-year, $3 million pact. We assume he'll be fine for the start of training camp where he'll man the MIKE linebacker spot.
May 27 - 11:47 AM

Cowboys MLB Rolando McClain had his 2013 misdemeanor conviction of resisting arrest and disorderly conduct dismissed.

McClain appealed his conviction related to an incident in which he was accused of cursing at police officers while they were trying to clear a crowd away from a softball game. On Monday, prosecutors asked a judge to dismiss the charges. McClain re-signed a one-year, $3 million deal last month to be Dallas' middle linebacker again this season. His only competition is Jasper Brinkley.
May 5 - 10:25 AM

Cowboys re-signed MLB Rolando McClain to a one-year, $3 million contract.

Another $1 million is available through incentives. McClain, the former No. 8 overall pick and twice-retired 25-year-old, had a big season for the Cowboys in 2014. He graded out as PFF's No. 8 inside linebacker, showing well both against the run and in pass coverage. McClain will man the middle for Dallas this season, allowing Sean Lee to kick outside to the WILL spot.
Apr 1 - 8:30 AM

Free agent ILB Rolando McClain left his Patriots visit without a contract.

The visit was described as "positive." New England was likely just doing its due diligence on McClain while offering near-veteran minimum money. The Cowboys remain interested in bringing back McClain after his standout 2014 season.
Mar 30 - 7:55 PM

Free agent ILB Rolando McClain is visiting the Patriots on Monday.

McClain finally has someone to leverage against the Cowboys, who have been lowballing him since the beginning of free agency. McClain was an integral part of Big D's defense in 2014, but dealt with concussions. He's also facing a four-game fine for violating the league's substance-abuse policy. Although McClain is surely pleased to have another club in the bidding, New England is not the kind of team that's going to break open the bank for a player with his question marks.
Mar 30 - 2:01 PM

The Dallas Morning News' Bob Sturm believes free agent ILB Rolando McClain and the Cowboys have "drastically different" numbers.

The Cowboys organization has been adamant in their desire to re-sign McClain, but they are not going to overpay for a twice-retired linebacker possibly facing a four-game suspension. Based on McClain's extremely quiet free agent market, the rest of the league agrees. McClain needs to lower his asking price if he hopes to find work anytime soon.
Mar 28 - 9:46 AM

Cowboys executive VP Stephen Jones confirms the team is trying to re-sign free agent ILB Rolando McClain.

Jones' comments echo those made by coach Jason Garrett. ESPN Dallas recently guessed that McClain would be allowed to walk, due in part to off-field issues that continue to harass the 25-year-old linebacker. McClain is coming off a renaissance, but concussion-marred, 2014, and is reportedly facing a four-game suspension for violating the league's substance-abuse policy. He's made zero visits in free agency.
Mar 24 - 5:07 PM

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