Dallas Cowboys linebacker Rolando McClain has been suspended for the first four games of the 2015 NFL season, according to an official release from the NFL. McClain is being punished for violating the NFL Policy and Program for Substances of Abuse.
This suspension means that McClain will be out for the first Eagles-Cowboys game this season in Week 2. McClain won't be the only Cowboys suspended starter, either. Defensive end Greg Hardy was suspended for the first 10 games of the upcoming season.
McClain started 12 games for the Cowboys last year. Dallas traded a draft pick to the Ravens for him last offseason after McClain came out of retirement. He played surprisingly well for the Cowboys; the former No. 8 overall pick was named as a Pro Bowl alternate. McClain racked up nine tackles (plus three assists) in two games against Philadelphia last season.
The Eagles and Cowboys are scheduled to play on Sunday, Sept. 20 at 4:25 PM ET at Lincoln Financial Field. The game will be aired on FOX.
The McClain suspension is the second lucky break the Eagles have had come their way on Thursday. It was also announced that Jets defensive end Sheldon Richardson will miss New York's game against the Eagles in Week 3.