Cowboys' Rolando McClain suspended 4 games for substance violation

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Cowboys' Rolando McClain suspended 4 games for substance violation
Thursday July 2nd, 2015

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.

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Dallas re-signed McClain on April 1 to a one-year deal worth between $3 and $4 million.

On Thursday, the Jets' Sheldon Richardson received the same punishment from the league for the same violation.

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.

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