Alabama football: Rolando McClain says he doesn't have Crohn's Disease after all

April 19, 2010 

Intestinal ailment no longer problem


TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — When stomach cramps limited his workouts at Alabama’s pro day last month, Rolando McClain revealed he was battling an intestinal ailment known as Crohn’s Disease.

For several weeks, his NFL stock was debated in the media based on the new information.

Now, the story is changing less than a week before the draft begins Thursday evening.

“I talked to my doctors in the past two weeks, and with all the tests that we’ve done, they don’t even think that I have Crohn’s Disease,” McClain said Saturday after the Walk of Fame induction in Tuscaloosa. “All the tests came out good. Every team knows that it’s not going to affect me at all.”

Back in March, he said he was diagnosed with the incurable disease as a freshman at Decatur (Ala.) High School.

“I’m not going to say a doctor misdiagnosed it,” McClain said Saturday. “All I can do is go by his ruling. ... I don’t have any signs of it right now.”

According to the Mayo Clinic website, there is no known medical cure for the disease.

“Therapies can greatly reduce the signs and symptoms of Crohn’s disease and even bring about long-term remission,” the website states. “With these therapies, many people with Crohn’s disease are able to function well.”

Crohn’s or no Crohn’s, McClain is unlikely to slip below the first 15 picks of the first round.

Regardless of his health situation, McClain said he is looking forward to the end of this pre-draft process that will come to an end when the first round begins at 7:30 p.m. EDT Thursday.

And when NFL commissioner Roger Goodell calls his name, McClain will be surrounded by friends and family at home in Decatur. He declined the invitation to the New York ceremony.

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