IRVING, Texas –Like receiver Dez Bryant, linebacker Rolando McClain was not at Valley Ranch for the second day of voluntary organized team activities (OTAs).
McClain is back in Alabama for personal reasons and is rehabbing from a recent knee scope. His on-field availability before training camp is uncertain. The Cowboys re-signed him to a one-year deal after he did an excellent job as Sean Lee's replacement at middle linebacker, ranking second with 108 team-credited tackles in 12 games. His knee bothered him for parts of the 2014 season.
The club is also monitoring Lee's workload in his return from last year's ACL injury, which meant two of the Cowboys' top linebackers didn't participate in team drills Wednesday. Lee participated in individual drills, though, and has done "a great job" in his return to the field, head coach Jason Garrett said.
Bryant, for now, continues to skip voluntary workouts without a signed franchise tag tender or a new long-term contract in place. That meant continued first-team reps for second-year receiver Devin Street.
"I think for the most part, except for those two guys (Bryant and McClain), our attendance has been off the charts," Garrett said. "We're very fortunate here in Dallas that we have so many players who live in this town and come work out at our facility on a regular basis. We can't structure anything for our players. We can't coach them. We can't advise them in February and March and April until we start the offseason program. We have a number of guys who worked out at our facility that work out together and they do a great job. Since the offseason program has started, the attendance has been near 100 percent with everybody. So, the commitment our team makes on a daily basis gives us a great foundation going forward as we start this 2015 season."