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Rolando McClain Ruled Out Of Sunday's Game With Washington

The Cowboys will be without their starting middle linebacker.

Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

It certainly has been an eventful week for Dallas Cowboys starting linebacker Rolando McClain. Earlier in the week it was reported that McClain's house in Alabama burned down under suspicious circumstances. At first it was reported McClain would travel back to Alabama to deal with it, but Jason Garrett said he didn't go to Alabama, but he missed Wednesday's practice anyway. He came back to practice on Thursday and Friday and was listed as probable for the game, as he has been for much of the year due to his knee problem.

Today, the Cowboys said he would miss the game due to illness and isn't traveling with the team to Washington.

Here's how the Dallas Morning News reported it.

The Dallas Cowboys will be without their leading tackler Sunday in their regular-season finale at the Washington Redskins. Middle linebacker Rolando McClain didn’t fly with his teammates Saturday afternoon because of an illness, according to the club. Approached in the locker room Friday, McClain didn’t appear to be battling an illness. He declined comment.

McClain must have picked up the illness on Friday night or Saturday morning.

Meanwhile, it will be a week or so before they determine what happened at his house.

Investigators say more work is needed to determine the cause of Monday's fire that destroyed a house on Lake Tuscaloosa owned by Dallas Cowboys linebacker and former Crimson Tide player Rolando McClain.

Alabama's Fire Marshal, Ed Paulk, said it will likely be at least a week before authorities know whether the fire was accidental or deliberately set.

Investigators say they consider the fire suspicious because it the house was on the market for sale and empty.

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