McClain has already been suspended for the first 10 games of the upcoming season, but was still expected to report for training camp Wednesday. Since McClain, who skipped most of Dallas' offseason program, remains away from the team, his status with the Cowboys going forward appears increasingly shaky. By placing McClain on the reserve/did not report list, the Cowboys have opened a roster spot, potentially for another linebacker, which, along with the recent signing of veteran Justin Durant, could make McClain more expendable.
There are some minor financial implications from cutting McClain, namely that the team wouldn't be able to recoup his signing bonus, but the bigger issue seems to be that Dallas isn't comfortable with any of its options to replace him at middle linebacker. If the Cowboys sign a reliable free agent (a reunion with Justin Durant has been rumored) or one of their younger LBs, such as Anthony Hitchens or Mark Nzeocha, takes a big leap forward in their development though, McClain could wash out of the NFL for good.
McClain was suspended for the first 10 games of 2016 for violating the NFL's substance abuse policy, Todd Archer of ESPN reports.
McClain was suspended to start the 2015 for violating the substance abuse policy, and the repeat offense is the reason for the 10-game suspension. The middle linebacker was a lock to be a starter for the Dallas defense, but it now looks like Sean Lee or Anthony Hitchens will take his place.
As expected, McClain is in attendance for this week's mandatory minicamp, Jean-Jacques Taylor of ESPN Dallas reports.
After skipping voluntary OTAs, McClain took part in some individual drills Tuesday. He's still expected to begin the season as the Cowboys' starting middle linebacker, a role that should give him solid IDP value -- at least on a per-game basis.
Rolando McClain re-signed with Dallas on a one-year, $5 million contract Wednesday, Rob Phillips of Dallas Dallas Cowboys .com reports.
He played just 11 games last year due to suspension and a concussion, but still recorded 80 tackles, two sacks and an INT return for a touchdown. McClain has yet to play a full 16-game schedule in his career, but the Cowboys will still pencil him in as their starting middle linebacker in 2016.
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