Raiders middle linebacker Rolando McClain told CSNBayArea.com that he doesn’t see any reason why he shouldn’t play Sunday against the Miami Dolphins. Coach Hue Jackson isn’t ruling out the prospect, either.
Jackson told CSNBayArea’s Paul Gutierrez at the team hotel Saturday in Miami that he has yet to make a final determination after meeting with McClain on the heels of McClain’s arrest in Alabama on four misdemeanors, including third-degree assault.
“We’ll see,” Jackson said. “I feel very comfortable that we’re getting down to the issues with him. This is something he has to learn from, we all have to learn from. I will make the best decision for the organization and the football team.”
McClain, 22, flew from Decatur, Ala., to Florida on Friday night and joined the team at that point. He was excused to go to his native Alabama earlier this week so that he could attend his grandfather’s funeral.
The alleged assault occurred Wednesday night. McClain was arrested Thursday afternoon after the victim said McClain pointed a gun at his head and fired it near his ear. McClain’s lawyer said his client is innocent of any wrongdoing.
Jackson told CSNBayArea.com on Friday night that, “I’ve been advised to not say anything. Best thing I can do is just stay quiet and get ready for the game.”
When asked if he intended to play, McClain nodded his head and said, “No reason why I shouldn’t.”
McClain reportedly was present for the Raiders workout at Sun Life Stadium on Saturday, at which time he was welcomed by his teammates, according to Jackson.
And what came of the promised face-to-face chat between Jackso and McClain?
“Trust me, he’s remorseful,” Jackson said, “and he should be. For the situation he put his team and his teammates in … He needs to grow and learn from this. There are so many lessons to learn. These are ‘life’ things that we’re talking about.”
Bay Area News Group beat writer Jerry McDonald is on his way to Miami today. It’s unlikely that he will have any access to Jackson, McClain or any of the other players or coaches, given he won’t arrive until 10 p.m.
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