- Richardson to miss games vs Browns, Colts, Eagles and Dolphins
- McClain lost for games vs Giants, Eagles, Falcons and Saints
New York Jets defensive end Sheldon Richardson and Dallas Cowboys linebacker Rolando McClain were suspended for the first four games of the 2015 regular season for undisclosed violations of the National Football League’s substance abuse policy.
Richardson, 24, who led the Jets with eight sacks last season, will miss games against the Cleveland Browns, Indianapolis Colts, Philadelphia Eagles and Miami Dolphins. He’s eligible to return to the active roster on Oct. 5 and could be back on the field for a Week 6 game against the Washington Redskins on Oct. 18.
McClain, 25, will miss the Cowboys’ home opener against the New York Giants; a road game at the Philadelphia Eagles; a home matchup with the Atlanta Falcons and a road contest with the New Orleans Saints before becoming eligible Week 5 against the New England Patriots.
Both players are eligible to participate in all offseason and preseason practices and games.
Richardson issued a statement through the team apologizing for letting down his family and teammates and well as the Jets’ organization and fans.
“However, words aren’t enough,” added Richardson, who was the 13th overall pick in the 2013 NFL draft. “This is something that can only be addressed by how I handle myself from this point on. I don’t want this to take away from what the team is trying to accomplish. While I won’t be there at the start of the regular season, I will do whatever I can to support my teammates until I’m able to return to the field.”
McClain recorded 67 tackles and 20 assists last season, his first with the Cowboys. He previously played three seasons with the Oakland Raiders before being released in April 2013, beginning a temporary retirement.
“I apologize to my family, the Cowboys organization, my teammates and Cowboys fans for my mistake,” McClain said in a statement released by the NFL Players Association. “I will not break the rules of my profession in the future, and I regret my error.”