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Post-Draft Outlook:BEST PICK: Linebacker Rolando McClain: A physical force and a natural leader on a defense that has ranked 29th, 31st and 31st over the past three years. A common sense pick at No. 8 overall to address a major weakness.
A closer look at the Raiders' picks: Round 1/8 -- Rolando McClain, LB, 6-3, 254, Alabama, With tackles Trent Williams and Russell Okung off the board, the Raiders made McClain the highest selected linebacker in franchise history. - by The Sports Xchange
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09/06/15 - LB Rolando McClain was placed on reserve/suspended by the Cowboys Saturday (Sept. 5) for the first four games of the season.
09/01/15 - LB Rolando McClain was taken off the physically unable to perform list and practiced on a limited basis Monday (Aug. 31). McClain had been on the PUP list since the start of training camp because of offseason knee surgery.
He got some work with the first team defense in the walk through portion of practice but was limited mainly to individual drills.
McClain will miss the first four games of the season serving an NFL suspension for violating the substance abuse policy. The Cowboys considered leaving McClain on PUP list to start of the season, causing him to miss the first six weeks.
Considering the Cowboys have a bye following their fifth game against the New England Patriots, it would have meant that McClain would have only missed one more game.
His suspension would have run concurrently with the PUP designation.
But now McClain will be back on the field for Oct. 11 game against the New England Patriots rather than the Oct. 25 game at the New York Giants.
08/16/15 - LB Rolando McClain could miss the entire preseason as the Cowboys slowly rehab him from offseason knee surgery. The Cowboys are taking their time because they can. If defensive end Greg Hardy was eligible to play in the season opener Sept. 13 against the Giants, he could play in Cowboys owner Jerry Jones' mind.
But Hardy will be sidelined for the first four games because of an NFL suspension. So the Cowboys are bringing him along slowly in camp. He remains on the physically unable to perform list but is rehabbing daily.
"His health is at a situation that we could have him ready to play against the Giants," Jones said. "I think he's working toward that and conducting his conditioning and conducting his rehab as though he could play if he were eligible."
Asked if McClain needed to play in the preseason, Jones said: "I don't think that's necessary, not in his case. We know what he can do. That has not been diminished in terms physically what he's able to do. Then you say, ‘Well, why do you have preseason?'
"In his case, just really get in good shape, get a plan in shape so he can be mentally prepared when we start having him in meetings in regular season when he comes back."
08/10/15 - LB Rolando McClain is making progress. He is going through rehab exercises with an oxygen depravation mask, but there is no timetable for his return. And he remains in the physically unable perform list because of off season knee surgery. "The big thing with him is the conditioning part, then putting your cleats on and doing the on the field work," coach Jason Garrett said.
"He hasn't practiced, didn't really practice very much throughout the offseason, hasn't practiced up to this point in camp, but we do think he's making progress.
07/30/15 - LB Rolando McClain (knee) failed his physical with the Cowboys Thursday (July 30) and opened training camp on the physically unable to perform list. He still counts against the 90-man roster.