The Dallas Cowboys have suffered their first big loss of the 2016 season as their linebacker Rolando McClain has been suspended by the league for the first 10 games.
Dallas will be without the linebacker star who signed a one year deal with the franchise this off-season.
McClain has been suspended by the NFL for the opening 10 games of the season due to a violation of the league's substance abuse policy.
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This is the second consecutive year that McClain will miss the start through suspension after he was suspended for the first four games of 2015.
McClain will now miss the first 10 games of 2016 in what could be a major loss for the Cowboys defense as they hope for a comeback year.
The financial ramifications could be costly for McClain who signed a one year deal worth up to $5 million in the off-season.
He is set to receive a base salary of $1.25 million in 2016 and could earn $125,000 for every game that he is on the 46 man roster.
A 10 game suspension could is more than a little regrettable for McClain who could have earned an additional $1 million in playing time incentives.
The situation gets worse for McClain who could now have to repay the $750,000 signing bonus he received or even worse, be released as a result.
It is the first big loss for a Cowboys team who could arguably attribute their 2015 failures to missing a key player.
Comeback year needed?
The Cowboys impressed everyone during the 2014 season when they made it all the way to the divisional round of the play-offs only to lose to the Green Bay Packers on a fairly questionable call.
One year later though, the Cowboys would finish 4-12 after losing quarterback Tony Romo for much of the season and 2014's star runningback DeMarco Murray having moved onto the Philadelphia Eagles.
Heading into 2016, the prospects for the Cowboys are looking good with rookie runningback Ezekiel Elliott possibly set to challenge for the Offensive Rookie of the Year crown.
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