Last year, Dallas Cowboys linebacker Rolando McClain missed most of the team’s offseason program after undergoing arthroscopic surgery on his right knee. This year McClain is again absent, but he’s not hurt or recovering from surgery.
Rather, according to Jason Garrett, McClain is dealing with a bit of family business in Alabama.
“We want all of our players here,” Garrett said, per the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. “Sometimes situations come up where they have to deal with things. In each of those cases, it’s family situations. So we have to be respectful of that. We certainly want our players here. We believe in OTAs. We believe in the offseason program. It’s not a mandatory time, though. It’s a voluntary time. We try to be respectful of the situations they’re dealing with.”
The Cowboys are “hopeful” McClain will return next week, but then again, they were hopeful he would return this week. So far, McClain has missed the first two weeks of OTAs.
“Every day in this league is precious to get,” said defensive coordinator Rod Marinelli. “It’s precious. So much has been cut down, so every day is meaningful.”
McClain posted 80 tackles, a pair of sacks and an interception in 2015, after being suspended for the first four games for violating the league’s substance abuse policy.