After skipping voluntary organized team activities in early June, both Cowboys linebacker Rolando McClain and offensive lineman Ronald Leary returned to Valley Ranch for mandatory minicamp Tuesday morning.
“They’re the only two guys who have not been a part of the OTA part of our offseason,” head coach Jason Garrett said. “With that understanding, we want to make sure we acclimate them slowly. Both guys will be a part of some of the stuff early in practice, then really watch the offense and defense work as practice goes on.”
McClain had been home in Alabama dealing with what Garrett referred to as “a family situation he was working through.” Jerry Jones said on a radio show McClain’s absence was about spending time with his sons in Alabama.
Leary, who is playing under a one-year deal worth $2.5 million, is seeking a new contract.
“He had a contract situation, but now, he feels it’s in his best interest to be here,” Garrett said.
If the players had decided to skip the entire three-day mandatory minicamp, they could have been fined as much as $76,580.