Rolando McClain LB DAL 6 Days

Rookie Anthony Hitchens, and not McClain (cramping), got the first-team reps at middle linebacker during Thursday's practice, the Dallas Morning News reports.

While McClain is still probably the Cowboys' first choice among active players to man their MLB spot, at present nothing should be taken for granted, especially given McClain's history of retiring at the drop of a hat. This battle might not be settled until just before Week 1.

Rolando McClain LB DAL 8 Days

McClain missed Wednesday's practice due to cramping, the Dallas Morning News reports.

McClain began working as the Cowboys' starting middle linebacker this week, pushing teammate Justin Durant to Dallas' weakside position, but cramped-up to end Tuesday's practice, thus holding him out Wednesday as well. Nonetheless, the Cowboys are intrigued by the prospect of McClain adding significant athleticism in the middle of their defense to help replace Sean Lee (knee). After having Wednesday off, McClain will hopefully be able to practice in Thursday's final session before Saturday's third preseason game versus Miami.

Rolando McClain LB DAL 9 Days

McClain will begin practicing at middle linebacker with the first-team defense this week, the Dallas Morning News reports.

The Cowboys are hoping McClain can win the job and serve as Sean Lee's replacement, so this will be a crucial week for McClain and the Dallas defense. If he does come away with the job, he could be a sneaky IDP play.

Rolando McClain LB DAL 11 Days

McClain was impressive at times on Saturday, leading the Cowboys with six tackles.

He played about half the game, coming in at the end of the first quarter and getting some work in against the Ravens' first team offense. McClain showed flashes of the sideline-to-sideline force he was expected to be when he was drafted eighth overall in 2010, and he might yet win the Cowboys' starting middle linebacker job before the preseason is over.

Rolando McClain LB DAL 18 Days

McClain (hamstring) returned to practice on Saturday.

He'll continue to try and get back in game shape after sitting out all of last season.

Rolando McClain LB DAL 24 Days

McClain left Sunday's practice with a tight hamstring, the Dallas Morning News reports.

Rolando McClain LB DAL 1 Month

Cowboys LB Rolando McClain was convicted Friday on misdemeanor charges of resisting arrest and disorderly conduct in Decatur (AL).

McClain has been arrested in his hometown of Decatur three times since 2011. The Cowboys traded for him in early July, but he's squarely on the roster bubble.

Rolando McClain LB DAL 1 Month

Cowboys LB Rolando McClain's trial for resisting arrest and disorderly conduct will begin Friday in Decatur, Ala.

McClain's attorney had attempted to have the proceedings delayed so McClain wouldn't have to miss time in training camp, but the judge refused. The case has already been delayed three times. Even with the Cowboys' defense in utter disarray, McClain is a long shot to crack the 53-man roster.

Rolando McClain LB DAL 2 Months2 Comments

ESPN Dallas' Todd Archer hinted that LB Rolando McClain is not a lock to make the Cowboys' 53-man roster.

Acquired for basically a stick of gum and a thank you card, the Cowboys would feel little pain cutting McClain, though that is obviously not their best-case scenario. The No. 8 pick in the 2010 draft, McClain has the pedigree and talent to make a difference on a Dallas' defense in desperate need of help. He will need a serious -- and unlikely -- change in attitude and work ethic to make it happen

Rolando McClain LB DAL 2 Months

The draft pick the Ravens acquired for ILB Rolando McClain will escalate from a seventh- to sixth-round selection in 2015 if McClain plays 50 percent or more of the Cowboys' 2014 defensive snaps.

Baltimore would also send Dallas its 2015 seventh-round pick. If McClain spends five games on the Cowboys' 53-man roster this season, the sides will swap 2016 (not 2015) seventh-rounders. If the Ravens finish with a worse 2014 record, "then there is no swap." In other words, Dallas didn't give up much. Baltimore will hope McClain plays a lot this year, and that the Cowboys are bad. (Those latter two possibilities could very conceivably go hand in hand.)