The Dallas Cowboys lost middle linebacker Sean Lee for the entire 2014 season before training camp even rolled around when he suffered an ACL injury in minicamp. To try and fill the void they got a little desperate, adding linebacker Rolando McClain to fill the void.
McClain was a top draft pick, but hadn’t played in the NFL since 2012. As McClain attempts to get back up to NFL speed, he is earning the praises of owner and general manager Jerry Jones.
“Now, he hasn’t played football in a year and a half, so those legs, ankles and other areas just take some acclimation. That’s what you’re seeing. We’re trying to, under the real supervision of our trainers, we’re trying to ease him into this thing,” Jones said on KRLD, via the Dallas Morning News. “He’s actually had some days were he had leg cramps, so he’s had to work back in. But he’s really impressive. He’s a different cat out there. He’s got the right attitude. I hope his improvement progresses so that we can get him into some games, possibly by the last two we might see him on the field against a couple of these teams.”
An impressive McClain would be a big boost for the Cowboys’ defense. Lee was clearly the unit’s best player and leaves big shoes to fill.