Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones raised eyebrows Tuesday when he threw out the idea that linebacker Rolando McClain could return to the team after his 10-game suspension has been served.
“I don’t want to dismiss possibly Rolando McClain,” Jones said on his weekly radio show on 105.3 The Fan.
McClain didn’t report for training camp and has been on the reserve/did not report list all season. He is eligible to be working out and in meetings with the team during his suspension, the same as suspended defensive end Randy Gregory, but has not been at the facility.
The Cowboys do not know about McClain’s conditioning.
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McClain doesn’t have a locker at The Star, and two veteran defensive players said they have not been in touch with McClain.
One player said McClain “keeps changing his number” and has become unreachable. The other simply shook his head when told of Jones’ comment, although said he’d “heard through the grapevine” that McClain had been working out.
McClain’s agent, Pat Dye, did not respond to an interview request.
McClain, 27, was last seen with the Cowboys during their mandatory three-day minicamp in June.
He is serving a 10-game suspension for violating the NFL’s substance-abuse policy, something the league handed him on June 30. McClain served a four-game suspension last season for violating the policy.
The Cowboys re-signed McClain to a one-year, $4 million contract, including a $750,000 signing bonus, on March 9. McClain forfeited the signing bonus and is still subject to fines for missing training camp.
McClain ranked third in tackles with 97 in 11 games with the Cowboys last season. He had 108 tackles in 13 games in 2014.