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NFL Conditionally Reinstates Former Alabama Star Rolando McClain

Rolando McClain walks off the field after an Alabama win.

ATLANTA - DECEMBER 5: Rolando McClain #25 of the Alabama Crimson Tide carries a rose as he runs of the field after their 32-13 win against the Florida Gators during the SEC Championship game at Georgia Dome on December 5, 2009 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

In a shocking turn of events, former Alabama star Rolando McClain has been reinstated by the NFL. He's missed the last three seasons due to an indefinite suspension.

McClain was suspended for repeated failed drug tests. Prior to being suspended by the league, he last suited up for the Dallas Cowboys.

During his last season in Dallas, McClain had 80 tackles and two sacks in only 11 games. There's no question that he's possesses the talent to succeed in the NFL.

Back in July, McClain expressed his desire to return to the NFL. Although it seemed like a long shot, the former No. 8 overall pick is now reportedly back in the league.

According to Mike Florio of ProFootballTalk, the NFL has conditionally reinstated McClain.

McClain has to comply with league's substance-abuse policy in order to remain in the NFL. He's now allowed to sign with another team, if there is interest in his services.

Don't expect him to suit up for Dallas though. According to Charean Williams of ProFootballTalk, the Cowboys are expected to cut him.

This is the second time the NFL has reinstated a player of this stature this summer. Josh Gordon was also fortunate enough to be reinstated before the start of the regular season.

At age 30, it'll be intriguing to see how much interest Rolando McClain receives around the league. The former SEC Defensive Player of the Year could potentially give a boost to a franchise in need of depth at linebacker.