Rolando McClain arrested on weed and firearm charges

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Rolando McClain encountered more legal trouble on Friday. The Hartselle Police Department in Alabama arrested McClain on firearm and drug charges, according to Anna Beahm of Decatur Daily.

McClain also faces an equipment violation because of a tinted window, which the arresting officer observed Friday afternoon while making the arrest. Formerly Dallas’ starting middle linebacker, McClain was carrying a gun without a permit, according to the officer, who smelled the “aroma of marijuana” coming from the 27-year-old’s vehicle.

The arrest occurred between 1 and 1:15 p.m. ET Friday, and this stop in McClain’s home town is the latest in a lengthy string of issues that may well end his NFL career. He is currently under indefinite suspension, a punishment handed down in December 2016, for substance abuse. The former first-round draft pick has not played in the NFL since the 2015 season and has extensive work to do if he ever wants to be reinstated.

As of the late afternoon, McClain was being held in Morgan County Jail on $2,000 bond. He likely won’t be there long, but an NFL career that looked to be back on track for a bit looks to be in serious jeopardy as a result of this incident.

The Cowboys re-signed McClain despite his past off-field issues to a one-year, $5 million deal in 2016. He did not play last season, so the former Raiders ‘backer is still under contract. The odds of him playing out that Cowboys deal again appear slim, Jerry Jones’ comments about wanting to have him back notwithstanding.

Dallas potentially has Jaylon Smith primed to take over in the middle, although the 2016 second-rounder obviously has major injury baggage. McClain started 23 games with the Cowboys between the 2013 and 2014 seasons.

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