McClain’s foot issue is arthritis


News, notes and observations Friday as the Raiders prepared for their Week 13 game in San Diego against the Chargers:

Rolando McClain is hobbling from a condition you wouldn’t expect from a 21-year-old rookie.

He has arthritis, according to coach Tom Cable, and has missed the last two days of practice. He was limping and favoring his left foot. Given that McClain has no previous history of arthritis, Cable said, they don’t know what to expect regarding his availability.

“He was better last night, but worse this morning, so it will be day-to-day and we’ll probably have to wait until Sunday morning,’’ Cable said.

Cable said he didn’t know whether McClain could be treated medically to enable him to play.

McClain, said Cable, is “a guy, I think, who has adapted well to the NFL and has made a lot of plays.’’

Cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha noted McClain’s insistence on not being treated as a rookie as an impressive part of his development.

“He’s a guy that if there is something that the coaches might be hesitant on calling or a certain play because it puts him in a tough spot, he always tells them, “No, I can take care of it,’ ‘’ Asomugha said.

Asomugha recalled McClain giving up a touchdown to a running back earlier this season and coaches considering changing the defense to keep the rookie from being victimized.

“He’s like, `No, I got it. I’ll take care of it,’ ‘’ Asomugha said. `He shows the maturity of, `I’m not a frightened rookie, you know, I can make plays.’ ‘

If McClain can’t play, Ricky Brown will take his place. Brown played extensively in a 23-20 win over Kansas City when McClain left with a hip injury.

— Asomugha said he is more confident in his ability to plant and turn this week after giving up four catches for 57 yards last week and struggling against Miami.

“I am moving better this week and feeling better,’’ Asomugha said. “They said each week it is going to feel better.

— Wide receiver Chaz Schilens has practiced for three consecutive days, something that hasn’t happened since last season.

Schilens was mostly an offseason spectator after having as second foot surgery following the season and was watched closely during training camp before having knee surgery.

He has been slow to recover from both injuries, in part because of overcompensation issues.

“We’re getting more and more work each day, with no setbacks, so that’s a real positive,’’ Cable said. “That one, you definitely have to take day-to-day.”

Interesting to note that when asked later if Darrius Heyward-Bey would start, Cable said, “I don’t know that. We’ll get to all that as we know the health here.’’

Heyward-Bey is not presently on the injury report, nor is any other wide receiver on the roster _ except Schilens.

Hard to believe Schilens could be looked at as a starter after being out all this time.

— Defensive tackle Richard Seymour (knee) was limited and listed as questionable, as was tight end Zach Miller (leg contusion, plantar fasciatis). Both are expected to play. Strong safety Tyvon Branch (shoulder) was limited and questionable, but is no lock. Mike Mitchell would start at strong safety if Branch can’t play.

Cornerback Chris Johnson (groin) did not practice all week, is listed as doubtful, but almost certainly won’t play.

—Cornerback Walter McFadden has been well-schooled in the “short memory’’ concept of his position from teammates such as Nnamdi Asomugha, Stanford Routt and Chris Johnson, coaches Willie Brown, Lionel Washington and Kevin Ross, and his brother Bryant of the Pittsburgh Steelers.

McFadden’s memory is short he said, “I had a lot more good plays than bad plays. I took a chance and that’s the life of being a DB.’’

The assumption is McFadden is talking about a 57-yard touchdown pass from Chad Henne to Marlin Moore in which he anticipated where the ball would end up and wound up short of his goal.

Moore caught the pass and turned up the sideline for the touchdown to put Miami up 20-14. He gave up five other completions and was called for defensive holding.

McFadden, who played very well early in training camp, was slowed by a hamstring tear and played only occasionally. He was inactive against Pittsburgh but elevated to nickel back because of Johnson’s groin injury and a shaky performance the previous week by fellow rookie Jeremy Ware.

“I’m not going to lie, I was very excited. I really wanted to get out there and show the Raider Nation what I can really do,’’ McFadden said. “But I kind of jumped out too far ahead, but there are no excuses for me, I’ll be ready when the time comes.’’

— If all goes according to plan, J.T. O’Sullivan won’t play a snap for the Raiders this season, with Jason Campbell finishing out the season and backup having been with the offense since last offseason.

O’Sullivan, however, plans on being ready for the unlikely event he plays in a game. O’Sullivan had spent time with 11 different teams, taking actual snaps with only three of them.

On Monday, O’Sullivan worked out for the Detroit Lions. By Wednesday, he was a Raider.

“It happened fast. Now that I’ve been here, I’m just trying to immerse myself in the system and be around the coaches and the quarterbacks as much as I can, try to figure out what direction they’re going with and get in there and do my job,’’ O’Sullivan said.

As for his knowledge of the Chargers, where he had a cup of coffee earlier this year, O’Sullivan isn’t sure he can impart much more knowledge than the Raiders already have.

“Those guys are pretty good over there,’’ O’Sullivan said. “We’ll go out there and try to play well and see what happens.’’


Jerry McDonald - NFL Writer

  • SnB Production

    Raider O,

    Its very troubling that Bruce Campbell can’t even get on the damn field. Can’t even get on the field. Let’s be real here…there’s developing talent and all…but with Carlisle and Walker behind him…he can’t even get activated…with all the problems and injuries.

    I hold NO expectations on Bruce Campbell. I would switch him to Defensive Tackle or Defensive End…with that athleticism and size…maybe he could be something.

    As for Wide Receiver. Free agency would be good…but the new receiver has to be a credible guy. No Javon Walker’s or that guy from the Panthers that busted up his knee a couple of years ago. They need a legit, credible wide receiver that can come in here and play on DAY 1.

    This development stuff ain’t workin around here

  • AirborneRaider

    If C is on your list let’s hope we get the Wis 2.0 I like him a lot hopefully he is available when it’s our turn to draft.

    My draft priorities would be C, OLB, WR, and RG. I’d take Wis, Moch out of Nevada, Pettis out of BSU, and Hurd out of UCONN. Again if they are available.

  • # Raider O Says:
    December 4th, 2010 at 9:37 am

    Matt L is an idiot with a weak arm.
    No thank you!!
    Ad coveted him out of SC, he is a first round bust, what more evidence do you need?

  • SnB Production

    I think Vince Young or Matt Leinart could be in S&B next year. Former 1st round picks and all….and that’s a Davis M.O

  • I am pretty sure I saw B Campbell in a a play. It might have been on the first kick return of the game, towards the S. end zone.
    Cable met him 10 yards onto the field, he was yapping away at him, probably “coaching him up” about some mistake.

  • SnB,

    I understand what you are saying, but think about it from another view. Why isn’t Bush playing more, and why did it take MM that long to get on the field? Cable has his guys, and he starts them regardless if we have better players available or not.
    He doesn’t like Bush, so he doesn’t play him unless he has to. It’s dad, maybe that’s the case with Bruce Campbell, or I hope it is anyway.
    Cable guys: Cooper, Gallery, Fargas (thank god he is no longer on the team), Bruce Grad, and Veldheer.

  • Sad*

  • # SnB Production Says:
    December 4th, 2010 at 9:41 am

    I think Vince Young or Matt Leinart could be in S&B next year. Former 1st round picks and all….and that’s a Davis M.O

    I think Dakota mentioned it yesterday. Makes total sense.

    You kNow it!

  • 504 Raider

    If we lose tomorrow and KC wins, and J Campbell has a bad game and our running don’t produce anything there will be some of these changes we’re talking about.

    Boller might start. B Campbell might go LT and Veldheer to RT. If we move the ball and score with ease, the Nation will be ever more pissed with Cable and Hue Jax.

    But the future will look bright. Hopefully with a smarter HC.

  • SnB Production

    Raider O,

    You hit the nail on the head. Cable has his guys and I think loyalty is key to him.

    The Justin Fargas situation sealed it with me too. Not too mention his wedded devotion to Kwame Harris. Its fine to have “your guys” they just better be damn good.

    Cable loves the all heart no talent player and it has set back the franchise.

  • SnB Production

    In my opinion, the Raiders shouldn’t be drafting these “long-term” projects anymore. They don’t get great teaching/scheme coaches…they have a lot of rah-rah you can do it guys.

    So stop getting players that require a ton of good coaching because the Raiders don’t get them.

    Get players that are more game ready now and let’s try that for a while.

    DHB is another guy. Is the guy football ready or not?

  • 504 Raider

    I agree with Cable having his guys and that’s why next year he will be sitting in an O-Line meeting teling his head coach: Hey we should look at Carlisle, I had him last year in Oakland. He still has some legs left. He can clean this up for us. Let’s talk about it.

  • SnB Production


    Who in the world wants to see Kyle Boller play? Seriously. THe guy was garbage in Baltimore and got cut from St.Louis.

    If JC flames out…who cares…Kyle Boller is no QB.

  • SnB Production

    Tom Cable isn’t going anywhere.

  • Kolb will be available, but maybe not willing.

  • Tom Cable isn’t going anywhere??????????

    They can’t bring him and Jason Campbell back and expect to sell tickets.

  • Al’s going to have to do something flashy this off-season to sell Season-Tickets, to the ever hopeful gullible.

  • Mistabrown

    Thank god we dont have to worry about seeing your fat grimey a$$ at the games. A win/win for everybody involved. You can blog from your chair on your lazy hump 20hrs a day 7 days a week making the same tired complaints over & over.

    # KoolKell Says:
    December 4th, 2010 at 10:07 am

    Al’s going to have to do something flashy this off-season to sell Season-Tickets, to the ever hopeful gullible.

  • djohnnyg

    189.Glutten for Punishment Says:
    December 4th, 2010 at 8:42 am
    Not looking forward to our a$$ whipping tomorrow!!!!

    190.Raider O Says:

    Don’t watch it. I’m not.

  • djohnnyg

    87.Raiders for life Says:
    December 3rd, 2010 at 7:15 pm
    If DHB would catch one with his hands then get leveled by a safety and hang on to the ball. Then jump back up and think to himself…that wasn’t so bad. The learning curve would be over.
    I think he’s scared of getting plowed. Seems like he always tries to catch the ball with his body so he can prepare for the big hit.

    Yeah, the guy has first round draft pick $, and STILL isn’t willing to take a shot to earn any of it.

    Just like Jamracus, he will enjoy his big contract and then play for the league minimum if some team is dumb enough to give him another shot when his glorious career in Oakland is over.

  • djohnnyg

    Q: Coach Cable you’re 5-7 after this 49-6 loss to the Chargers. Where does the team go from here?

    TC: Well obviously we have to start thinking about winning some games here or we risk, you know, the deal. The deal of the, you know, being a playoff team this year. I’ll have to look at the fil though.

    Q: How do you explain this 3 game losing streak, and getting blown out in all three when things were going so well before the bye?

    TC: Well the record says 5-7, but I don’t pay attention to that stuff. Like I said, it’s about us; not the scoreboard or the standings or anything else. No, I don’t believe we’re 5-7 right now. We’re a good, no.. great football team. It’s getting close to being the time where, you know, we have to prove it on the field. The deal is getting close to the point that games are going to start to matter soon. This three game streak here is just a little “lull” like I said last week. We know who we are and it isn’t 5-7 I can tell you that. That’s not what we’re all about. I said we were a playoff team and that’s what we are.

    Q: Thanks Coach.