It seems that the circus has begun or simply its Dallas Cowboys training camp. The latest Cowboys player to have some problems is linebacker Rolando McClain. It was announced several weeks ago that he would be suspended for the first ten games of the 2016 season for violating the NFL’s substance-abuse policy. There was one report that has indicated that the linebacker may never play another game for the Dallas Cowboys.
According to Bleacher Report’s Jason Cole, Rolando McClain has been abusing “purple drank.” This is a combination of Sprite and codeine (this is found in powerful cough syrup) that gives it the purple color. The drug can lead to a huge weight gain, which according to Cole is claiming is what happened to Rolando McClain.
According to a source that spoke with Jason Cole, Rolando McClain has gained roughly 40 pounds and he is considered to be out of shape. This is also the same source that is claiming to think that it’s “almost impossible” to see him playing for the Cowboys again.
Dallas ended up re-signing McClain to a one-year, $5 million deal this offseason after he averaged 80.5 tackles, 1.5 sacks and 1.5 interceptions over the last two seasons. Reports were coming from training camp that coaches are unhappy with him after he happened to miss offseason workouts, and the situation got worse once training camp began.
It should be noted that this is not the first time that Rolando is having trouble off the field. Throughout his career, he has had constant off the field issues. The Cowboys knew what they were getting into when they employed him and from the sound of it, they may end up cutting ties with him shortly. If that happens to be the case and being that he has a ton of off the field issues, it seems unlikely that another team will give him another chance right now.