NFL Suspends Rolando McClain 10 Games for Substance Abuse
For the second consecutive season, Rolando McClain will be suspended when the NFL season kicks off. This time he will miss the majority of the year.
The Dallas Cowboys announced the news on Thursday afternoon.
The suspension doesn't just mean he'll miss more than half of the 2016 season. McClain also stands to lose a lot of money. The team signed him in the offseason to a one-year contract that was heavily incentivized. From the Cowboys team website:
All three of McClain’s contracts with the Cowboys have been one-year deals, and all of them have been heavily incentive based. The veteran linebacker stood to earn up to $2 million in gameday active roster bonuses this year, and another $1 million if he played 75 percent of defensive snaps – neither one of which look likely in the face of such a long absence.
This is the second violation of the NFL's substance abuse policy for the former Crimson Tide All-American. The first came last summer and resulted in a four-game suspension. McClain came back to end the year with 80 tackles in 11 games.