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Report: Ex-Cowboy Rolando McClain Suspended Indefinitely Following Reinstatement

Scott Polacek@@ScottPolacekFeatured ColumnistDecember 31, 2019

FILE - In this Nov. 26, 2015, file photo, Dallas Cowboys' Rolando McClain defends against the Carolina Panthers during an NFL football game in Arlington, Texas. McClain has been suspended indefinitely for violating the NFL’s substance-abuse policy. The suspension announced Friday, Dec. 2, 2016, likely ends McClain’s career in Dallas and is his third since the end of the 2014 season, his only full season with the Cowboys after reviving his career following a year away from the game. (AP Photo/Roger Steinman, File)
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Free-agent linebacker Rolando McClain reportedly has been suspended indefinitely by the NFL

Field Yates of ESPN reported the news Monday, noting the Alabama product was conditionally reinstated by the league but released by the Dallas Cowboys in September. He has not taken the field for a regular-season game since the 2015 campaign.

There was a time when McClain appeared well on his way to a bright future when the Oakland Raiders selected him with the No. 8 overall pick of the 2010 NFL draft. He tallied 99 total tackles and five sacks in his second year in the league with Oakland and helped the 2014 Cowboys make the playoffs with 81 tackles, two interceptions, a sack and a forced fumble.

ESPN's Adam Schefter reported in November 2016 that McClain was suspended for another year during the 10-game suspension he was serving at the time.

The first suspension came because he tested positive for opiates, and the second one was for missing a drug test.

It is fair to wonder at this point whether he will ever again step on an NFL field for a regular-season game.