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Low-Risk McClain Worth the Gamble for Desperate Cowboys

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    Once upon a time Rolando McClain almost ended Jason Witten’s career.

    Now he’ll attempt to help the Cowboys survive Sean Lee’s injury.

    With Lee on injured reserve and officially out for the 2014 season, the Cowboys are bolstering their thin linebacker corps by trading for the former Raiders’ and Raven’s middle linebacker. McClain, Oakland’s No. 1 draft pick (8th overall) in 2010, never blossomed on the west coast. In fact, he’s been an outright bust, his resume littered with arrests, suspensions and two retirements.

    But with that talent and only 25 – and the Cowboys’ lack of linebackers – he’s totally worth the low-risk gamble of perhaps a low-round draft choice.

    In the summer of 2012 McClain laid a hit on Witten that lacerated his spleen. But that was the highlight of his NFL career.

    He hasn’t played in a game since November 2012 and will be rusty, at best. With Lee’s injury, the Cowboys have to take gambles.

    McClain certainly meets that criteria.
     

    A native Texan who was born in Duncanville and graduated from UT-Arlington, Richie Whitt has been a mainstay in the Metroplex media since 1986. He’s held prominent roles on all media platforms including newspaper (Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Dallas Observer), radio (105.3 The Fan) and TV (co-host on TXA 21 and numerous guest appearances, including NBC 5). He currently lives in McKinney with his wife, Sybil, and two very spoiled dogs.