Rolando McClain‘s return to prominence with the Cowboys was one of the NFL’s great comeback stories in recent memory. Unfortunately, McClain’s story has taken a strange and sad turn, putting his football future in doubt. The linebacker is regularly abusing purple drank – a combination of codeine-based cold medication and soda – and is nowhere near football shape, a source tells Jason Cole of Bleacher Report (video link).
McClain’s substance abuse problem has led to him gaining 40 pounds, which means that he would face an uphill battle back to the field if he made an attempt to rededicate himself. McClain was MIA for the team’s charter flight to training camp in Oxnard, Calif. last week, a bad sign after he was suspended for the first 10 games of the regular season for a substance abuse policy violation.
From a football perspective, the Cowboys were counting on McClain to deliver this season after he graded as Pro Football Focus’ 28th-best linebacker in 2015. Many have accused owner Jerry Jones of showing preferential treatment towards the talented linebacker and his perceived coddling has not brought about the desired results for the team. At this point, it sounds like we might not see McClain in a Cowboys uniform again.
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