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Rolando McClain, Ron Leary join their teammates at Cowboys’ minicamp

Dallas Cowboys middle linebacker Rolando McClain (55) showed up at the team’s three-day minicamp.
Dallas Cowboys middle linebacker Rolando McClain (55) showed up at the team’s three-day minicamp. Star-Telegram

Ron Leary and Rolando McClain reported to the Cowboys’ mandatory minicamp, joining their teammates for the first time this offseason.

“Now, they’re here,” Cowboys coach Jason Garrett said. “We’re focused on what we’re doing today.”

Leary and McClain have stayed away this offseason.

Garrett continues to refer to McClain’s “family situation” in explaining why the starting middle linebacker has not been in town. However, owner Jerry Jones explained last week on his radio show that the “family” situation is McClain’s preference to spend time with his children in Alabama.

“Like we’ve talked about with Rolando, he had a family situation he was working through,” Garrett said. “The offseason program in the NFL is voluntary. There are three mandatory days this minicamp. So again, we were in conversation with him about that situation that he was working through.”

Leary requested a trade from the Cowboys, signing his restricted free agent tender of $2.553 million before the draft to facilitate that. However, the Cowboys insist they will have to receive fair market value in return to trade Leary.

The Cowboys had McClain and Leary working on the side during Tuesday’s practice.

“We’re going to get them acclimated back to playing football in a more deliberate fashion that the rest of the group,” Garrett said.

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