"This was quite a setback, that suspension," Jones said in an interview during Monday's NFL *Total Access*. "We'll see how things evolve, see how the weeks go."
It sounds somewhat ominous, and a 10-game ban is tough for any team to swallow. But is the 27-year-old McClain -- with whom Jones said the Cowboys "have had a better relationship than any relationship (McClain has) had in pro football" -- worth keeping?
"There's a lot of reasons why we don't cut him: cap, many reasons," Jones continued. "But the bottom line is, I'd like to be positive about this and think that we haven't seen the last of Rolando McClain."
McClain was brought in to fill a void created by the loss of Sean Lee to injury. Now, it's McClain who's created a void in the Cowboys' linebacking corps. With McClain only under contract with the Cowboys for 2016 and signs of the relationship already starting to wear thin before the suspension, this could be the start of his final days in Big D. Only time will tell.