The Cowboys will be without linebacker Rolando McClain for the first 10 games of the season, according to multiple reports.
The NFL has suspended McClain for the first 10 games of the 2016 season for violating the league's substance abuse policy.
ESPN's Adam Schefter and Todd Archer reported the news.
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— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter)
Cowboys' LB Rolando McClain will be suspended the first 10 games for violating the NFL’s substance abuse policy, per @toddarcher and me.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) June 30, 2016
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This is the second-straight year in which McClain has been suspended for the start of the season for violating the NFL's substance-abuse policy. McClain was suspended for the first four games of the 2015 season.
He said this of his suspension last year:
"I apologize to my family, the Cowboys organization, my teammates and Cowboys fans for my mistake," McClain said in a statement via the NFL Players Association. "I will not break the rules of my profession in the future, and I regret my error. I look forward to returning to the field on week 5, when I hope to help my team beat the Patriots."
McClain signed a one-year deal worth $5 million with Dallas this offseason. He could forfeit his $750K signing bonus as a result of this suspension.
The Cowboys open their 2016 season Sept. 11 against the Giants. If McClain's 10-game suspension holds, he will be eligible to return in Week 12 against the Redskins.