SUSRolando McClain
LB DAL (7)
2 months ago

McClain (suspended) will be placed on the Cowboys' reserve/did not report list, ESPN.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

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.

SUSRolando McClain
LB DAL (7)
3 months ago8 Comments

The Cowboys have yet to decide on whether or not to release McClain (suspension), reports.

EDGE Analysis

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 their options to replace him at middle linebacker. If they 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.

SUSRolando McClain
LB DAL (7)
3 months ago

McClain was suspended for the first 10 games of 2016 for violating the NFL's substance abuse policy, Todd Archer of ESPN reports.

EDGE Analysis

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.

SUSRolando McClain
LB DAL (7)
4 months ago

As expected, McClain is in attendance for this week's mandatory minicamp, Jean-Jacques Taylor of ESPN Dallas reports.

EDGE Analysis

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.

SUSRolando McClain
LB DAL (7)
7 months ago

McClain re-signed with Dallas on a one-year, $5 million contract Wednesday, Rob Phillips of DallasCowboys.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

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.

SUSRolando McClain
LB DAL (7)
9 months ago

McClain (concussion) is active Sunday against the Bills.

EDGE Analysis

McClain had collected double-digit tackle totals in three straight games prior to missing Week 15's contest due to a concussion. He was a full participant in practice all week, however, so look for the veteran to resume a regular role Sunday, with plenty of opportunities to rack up tackles.

SUSRolando McClain
LB DAL (7)
9 months ago

McClain (concussion) has been ruled out of Saturday's game against the Jets, Brandon George of the Dallas Morning News reports.

EDGE Analysis

McClain did not participate in practice all week so the decision to hold him out on Sunday shouldn't come as a huge surprise. He will leave a sizable hole in the Dallas defense as he has had double-digit tackle performances each of the past three weeks. Look for Anthony Hitchens and Andrew Gachkar to see an increased role with McClain on the sidelines.

SUSRolando McClain
LB DAL (7)
9 months ago

McClain (concussion) was a non-participant in Thursday's practice, the Cowboys' official site reports.

EDGE Analysis

McClain has been a tackling machine the last three games, notching double-digits on each occasion en route to 33 tackles (17 solo) during that stretch. In the last outing Sunday at Green Bay, he was accidentally kicked in the helmet, forcing his placement in the concussion protocol. It's evident that he remains there with back-to-back no-shows at practice, though he could stem the tide with a showing in some fashion Friday.

SUSRolando McClain
LB DAL (7)
10 months ago

McClain is undergoing the concussion protocol, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram's Clarence Hill reports.

EDGE Analysis

McClain was accidentally kicked in the head by a teammate during Sunday's loss to the Packers. He still finished with double-digit tackles for a third straight week, taking advantage of his every-down role. If McClain isn't ready for Week 15, Anthony Hitchens and Andrew Gachkar will be the leading candidates to join the starting lineup.

SUSRolando McClain
LB DAL (7)
10 months ago

McClain recorded 10 tackles in Monday's win over Washington.

EDGE Analysis

After a disappointing start to his season after serving a four-game suspension, McClain has found his IDP groove, racking up 33 tackles over the last four games along with a pick-six. If the Cowboys are going to make any kind of miraculous push for the NFC east crown, McClain will need to continue that kind of pace over the final four games, starting next week in Green Bay.