NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Saturday that the Dallas Cowboys linebacker is facing a four-game fine for a third failed drug test, per sources informed of his situation. McClain has appealed.
Another failed test would trigger a four-game suspension under the NFL's new substance-abuse policy. ESPN first reported the development.
McClain, 25, was one of the biggest surprises in football last season, revitalizing his career as an impact defender for the NFC East champion Cowboys, who acquired the former first-round pick in a trade with the Ravens. McClain was a 12-game starter and finished second on the team with 81 tackles. He is scheduled to be an unrestricted free agent next month.
The four-game fine is the latest setback in a rough start to the year for McClain. He suffered concussions in back-to-back playoff games in January and his Alabama home burned down in a case investigators ruled last week as arson.