Cowboys owner Jerry Jones mentioned Thursday that LB Rolando McClain won’t be back with the team once he has finished serving his suspension next Monday. Although, Jones didn’t rule out a possible return for McClain to their roster at a later point in time
“He’s in shape. Rolando is really somebody who helped us when he was here, but I really don’t want to get into when or if he might be joining us,” Jones said, per Brandon George. “I’ve communicated with him several times in the offseason and talked to him on the phone. Yes, he does want to play, but there is more detail that I’m not going to get into right now.”
Brandon George of the Dallas Morning News reports that the Cowboys are “certainly open” to the possibility of bringing back suspended LB Rolando McClain at some point and have been keeping close tabs on during his ban.
However, George adds that it wasn’t clear if McClain would be ready to play anytime soon and there are also questions about what kind of shape he’s in.
Beyond that, there’s also the potential issue of how bringing McClain back into the fold could affect the team’s chemistry.
McClain’s 10-game suspension for violating the NFL’s substance-abuse policy is over on Monday. McClain never reported to the team’s training camp this summer and hasn’t been working out at the team’s facility during his suspension.
Dallas would have a two-week window to decide whether to add McClain to their active roster if this ends up being something they want to do.
McClain, 27, is a former first-round pick of the Raiders back in 2010. He spent three years in Oakland before taking a year off and later signing with the Ravens.
Baltimore traded McClain to the Cowboys in 2014, and Dallas elected to bring him back on a one-year, $5 million contract back in March.
In 2015, McClain recorded 80 tackles, two sacks, an interception returned for a touchdown, and three pass defense.
We’ll have more regarding McClain and a possible return to the Cowboys as the news is available.