Middle linebacker Rolando McClain has begun his four-game suspension for violating the NFL substance abuse policy. He will be eligible to return for the Oct. 11 game against the New England Patriots.
McClain, however, is not going anywhere. He will be allowed to work out at the team’s facility while serving his suspension.
Per league rules, players suspended under the substance-abuse policy are allowed to work out at the team’s facility but not take part in meetings or practice. That is not the case for players who are suspended for personal conduct or the steroid policy.
It’s good news for the Cowboys and McClain that he will be able to work out at the team’s Valley Ranch headquarters. He missed almost all of training camp rehabbing from offseason knee surgery. He was finally cleared to practice the final week of preseason.
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And now the Cowboys don’t have to worry about any setbacks in conditioning while he is on suspension — something that would have been a concern if he was forced to train on his own for the next four weeks.
“That’s a positive thing,” coach Jason Garrett said. “I think it’s a positive for all these guys who have been suspended for whatever reason to be around the structure of this environment. I think it’s a good thing for them in their daily lives. I’m glad he’s able to be around. I think that’ll help him and help our team.”