McClain in the clear for Sproles hit


The NFL has supported the contention of the officiating crew which ruled that Rolando McClain committed no foul on his knockout hit on San Diego running back Darren Sproles Sunday.

McClain unleashed a devastating blow on Sproles, who left with a concussion late in the first half after a 7-yard gain.

Some Chargers players said afterward they thought Sproles had been the victim of a helmet-to-helmet blow, although replays seemed to indicate McClain had delivered the punishment with his shoulder. CBS analyst Dan Fouts said as much on the air.

Not that it mattered, according to the pool report which quoted referee John Parry as saying, “We had three guys looking at it, the back judge, field judge, line judge. All three felt that (Sproles) gained possession, took a minimum of three steps and now he is considered a runner so helmet-to-helmet contact is off.”

Parry also said, “You can’t hit helmet-to-helmet on a defenseless player. He was not considered defenseless. He was considered a runner because the act of possession was complete the minimum of there steps were taken, so now he is deemed a runner so helmet-to-helmet contact is legal.”

The e-mail response from Corry Rush of the NFL office was as follows: “Legal hit. We support the pool report.”

Justice is served. A Raiders linebacker came up and delivered a clean, legal and punishing hit that removed a key Chargers player from the game.

Good to know it’s still within the rules.

If McClain had been fined, I would have been as confused as when officials rule on who has actually caught or failed to catch a pass in the end zone.


Jerry McDonald - NFL Writer

  • BrownStains

    Rush Limbaugh plays your dumbass like a fiddle, every day.
    He gets poor-assed idiots like yourself, living hand to mouth, to scream for Tax-Cuts for him.

    He made what, 57 million this year?
    Glen Beck 30 million

    While the country’s infrastructure crumbles, out schools crumble, our students out-performed all over the modern world……..

    And the top2% who control over 50% of the countries wealth get’s a tax break, that ADD’s 90 BILLION to the deficit.

  • RaiderRockstar

    Al, go get Laveranues Coles ASAP, we need a proper 3rd WR to win those last crucial games


    his name is Chaz Schilens and he will be ready by Week 16!

  • ArmChair GM

    So help out with this one fellas. I might be late but is Haynesworth available since he’s been suspended for the rest of the season?

    He wasn’t cut, but suspended for the season. So how does that affect his status with other teams that may be interested?

  • J Hill

    Meanwhile …

    Bynum back at practice!

  • J Hill

    for a guy that claims to support neither party you sure defend Prez BO a lot, Hmmm



    How am I defending BO?

    I seriously asking what the birth certificate and transcripts thing has to do with anything.

    Just sounds like a ridiculous reach.

    Dems and Reps are the same to me = puppets. 10 men in a room really running the show. The rest = irrelevant.

  • Silver-and-black666

    Funny but the birth certificate and the Blue lips thing seems to be all the talk leading me to believe that he must not be that bad?

  • RaiderFreak

    sean_sd dude nap harris replaced one of the most underratted mike backers ever greg bekiert, that was the super bowi year,so #1 the defense was not the reason we won or lost,rich gannon was the reason we won or lost,@2 romac is way better than harris next year that guy is going to dominate because his coach is greg bekiert and he is also faster than harris. On the QB thing mcnabb would be a good fit,palmer is gun shy he needs the plunkett plan which is ride the pine for a year & then maybe.no tradin Nnamdi for a first rounder next year either ok BIG AL. WHO WOULD LIKE HAYNSWORTH NEXT YEAR? would have to dump kelly to do but it is doable seymore & haynsworth don’t seem fair does it? RaiderFreak out.

  • RaiderFreak

    sorry sd about the reason we won or lost i thought it said defense ma bad, in the draft i think we need safty first reason being veldeer is taking care of buisness & B campbell is getting it he should push next year we need depth in the secondary safty is a must huff is getting close to end contract & he is hit or miss not good enough to invest to much $$$$ you know,our biggest issue is get seymore signed to a multi-year contract he is the sole reason the D-line is playing so good we need him to mentor kelly & houston because houston will probably become tackle when seymore retires,but it does’nt matter what we think cable will have another monster draft again next year even without a first rounder he’ll make it work. any way nation forever RaiderFreak out.

  • RaiderFreak

    R8eray we wont loose to the chefs no way not going to happen
    10-6 AFC west champs NO DOUBT