The NFL has suspended Dallas Cowboys linebacker Rolando McClain without pay for the first four games of the 2015 NFL season for violating the league's Policy and Program for Substances of Abuse, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport.
McClain apologized Thursday, according to Rapoport, and said he would not break the rules in the future. He said he looked forward to Week 5 of the NFL season, noting, "I hope to help my team beat the Patriots."
The fourth-year player out of Alabama started 12 games for the Cowboys last season, logging 67 tackles, two interceptions and one sack.
Rolando McClain apologized, says he will not break rules in the future. Looks forward to W5, “when I hope to help my team beat the Patriots”— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) July 2, 2015
Dallas re-signed McClain on April 1 to a one-year deal worth between $3 and $4 million.
Commenting on the suspensions, Pro Football Talk noted that it was uncommon for athletes to receive a four-game suspension without multiple violations of the substance abuse policy.