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    OXNARD, Calif. Daniel Pribyl Jersey . -- Dallas Cowboys linebacker Rolando McClain has yet to report to training camp, and there are real questions as to whether he will play in the NFL again.Sources confirmed that McClains recent 10-game suspension is not for a failed marijuana test but for an opiate commonly referred to as purple drank -- a combination of Sprite, cough syrup and codeine. Other sources said the suspension was not marijuana-related.Even we dont know all the details, Cowboys executive vice president Stephen Jones said when asked about McClain as he walked off the field after Tuesdays walkthrough. We just dont know.When asked whether McClains career is over, coach Jason Garrett said, Were focused on the guys who are here.McClain and Randy Gregory,?who sources said is facing a potentially longer suspension for another violation of the substance-abuse policy, were placed on the reserve/did not report list at the start of training camp. Per the collective bargaining agreement, the players are subject to fines of $40,000 each day they are absent.The Cowboys knew of Gregorys absence before camp as he checked into a treatment facility, according to sources. McClain was expected on the teams flight to California last week and did not show.Owner and general manager Jerry Jones said last week that there are nuances involving McClains situation but would not elaborate. If the Cowboys release McClain, he would count $750,000 against the salary cap. Because the suspension does not start until the season starts, he technically has not violated his contract.Whether McClain wants to continue to play football is unknown. He has retired twice in his career before joining the Cowboys in 2014. He participated in the early part of the teams offseason program but did not last long.He did not show up for organized team activities earlier this offseason. He reported to the mandatory minicamp in June but did not practice because he was not in condition. According to sources, he was overweight at the start of the offseason conditioning program and he had not lost weight when he arrived for minicamp.McClain, who missed the first four games last season because of a suspension, is in Stage 3 of the substance-abuse program. According to the policy, a player is subject to a suspension of one year if he does not enter a treatment facility at the medical directors request. Its not clear whether that request has been made of McClain, and efforts to reach McClains agent, Pat Dye, have been unsuccessful. Brett Kulak Jersey . -- The St. Johns IceCaps weathered a wild first period with the help of goaltender Jussi Olkinuora, before finding offensive inroads in the second. Matt Stajan Jersey .Y. -- Knicks coach Mike Woodson said Wednesday that J. http://www.cheapflamesjerseyschina.com/ . No. 13-seeded John Isner and No. 21 Philipp Kohlschreiber were among six players who dropped out of the tournament on Tuesday, joining No. 12 seed Tommy Haas and two other players who withdrew on Monday. METAIRIE, La. -- Saints running back Tim Hightower isnt about to assume New Orleans ground game will return to its usual form in Tampa this week -- even if last weeks anemic performance looked more like an anomaly than a trend.You cant look at what you did three weeks ago or what you did a month ago or at the beginning of the season, Hightower said. You have to look at, `Hey, why didnt we get it done this (past) week. Weve got to figure out what we didnt do last week and get it corrected.Hightower and several other key members of the Saints offense echoed the same theory about what caused the drop-off in production on the ground in a 28-13 loss to the Detroit Lions last Sunday, when New Orleans rushed for only 50 yards.The problem wasnt so much an inability to execute blocks or read the defense, they said. It was about a lack of opportunity to establish a rhythm because of how poorly the Saints executed on third downs, whether they were passing or running.If we can learn anything for last week ... its so important and imperative for us to sustain drives, keep the momentum going, keep the ball control, Hightower said. Then youll get more runs. Youll get more favorable runs. But when were three-and-out, three-and-out, teams can just hold the ball and try to play keep away from us and its not going to work out well.The Saints, who boast the No. 1 offense in the NFL, currently rank 12th in rushing, averaging 109.3 yards per game. When the Saints have run well, theyve been tough to beat.In Week 8, when Hightower rushed for more than 100 yards, the Saints beat Seattle. In Week 9, Ingram gained 158 yards and Hightower 87 in a lopsided victory at San Francisco. Then in Week 11, Ingram gained 146 and Hightower 51 in a rout of the Rams.A good running game is a quarterbacks best friend because it makes the defense respect it, Buccaneers coach Dirk Koetter said. `Then when you go to play-action you get bigger windows (to throw). And Brees, his accuracy is off the charts.A few days after that victory over Los Angeles, Lions safety Glover Quin said he felt the key to stopping the Saints offense began with shutting down the running game. Ingram broke loose for one 22-yard gain against Detroit, but had only 15 yards on his six other carries. Hightower gained just 5 yards on two carries, one of which went for no gain on a drive-stalling third-and-1 play. Flames Jerseys Outlet. We want to be balanced, obviously, right guard Jahri Evans said, adding that linemen dont particularly like back-peddling in pass protection all game. That essentially forces offensively linemen to play defensively against attacking pass rushers rather than firing off the line of scrimmage and inflicting physical punishment on defensive players.First, it comes with just having the opportunities, Evans said of getting the running game going again. Getting the opportunity means converting on third down.For the season, the Saints lead the NFL with a third-down conversion rate of 49.7 percent. They converted six of 13 third downs (46 percent) against Detroit, but also saw three drives stall on interceptions thrown by Drew Brees. The result: New Orleans ran 62 total plays on offense, about 11 below its average coming in. All but 23 of those plays were run in the second half, when New Orleans was behind and more inclined to throw.Brees said if the Saints can sustain long drives and dont fall behind by much, if at all, at Tampa Bay, that should set the stage for a resurgent ground game.We didnt get the number of plays, Brees said when asked for his take on why the running games production plummeted last week. If you dont sustain drives and you get behind, then all of a sudden youre in a position where it changes the game plan a little bit and you become a little more one-dimensional. You have to manufacture some bigger plays to get back in the game. That was the real reason for the lack of rushing attempts, and therefore production in yards.Game notes Three players missed practiced Wednesday: linebacker Craig Robertson (shoulder), receiver Michael Thomas (foot) and tight end Josh Hill (fibula). Those players listed as limited included Ingram (toe, knee), left tackle Terron Armstead (quadriceps, knee), center Max Unger (foot), right tackle Zach Strief (elbow), guard Senio Kelemete (hip) and running back Daniel Lasco (hamstring).---AP Sports Writer Fred Goodall contributed.---For more NFL coverage: http://www.pro32.ap.org and http://www.twitter.com/AP-NFL Jerseys NFL China Cheap Jerseys 2018 Cheap Jerseys Free Shipping Wholesale Jerseys Free Shipping Wholesale NFL Jerseys NFL Jerseys Wholesale Jerseys Wholesale ' ' '