Jerry Jones Offers Explanation for Rolando McClain's Absence

McClain was a no-show during Cowboys OTAs as he was back home in Alabama

Cowboys linebacker Rolando McClain was a no-show throughout organized team activities (OTAs) because of an arrangement made with the team (or at least Jerry Jones) from the very beginning of his time in Dallas, owner and general manager Jerry Jones said this week.

Prior to this, we had known McClain was at home in Alabama, but not much other than that.

"It's fair to everybody to understand that Rolando's boys, his family lives in Alabama and he doesn't live with them. His former significant other is where they are. His offseason is spent with those boys and that's an understanding we have when he came through the door," Jones said on 105.3-FM The Fan on Thursday, per Todd Archer of ESPN Dallas. "He has to be there to spend time with them, and we expect him to compensate for that.”

That said, Jones believes McClain has earned some leeway where these kind of issues are concerned over the past two seasons with the Cowboys.

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“If you look at how his impact when he's there with us on the field, what he can do for our team,” Jones said. “If you look at his background in the NFL, how he's evolved, I'm glad he's a Cowboy.”

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