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McClain not talking, injured players’ status uncertain

By Steve Corkran
Monday, December 5th, 2011 at 12:16 pm in Oakland Raiders.

Middle linebacker Rolando McClain says he speaks only on Mondays during the season. Even then, that’s only on rare occasion. On this Monday, he declined an interview request seeking his take on his arrest last week.
“Not at all,” McClain said, when asked by this reporter if he wanted to speak.
He spent most of the media-access period in the locker room mingling with a handful of teammates and trading barbs.
McClain was arrested in Decatur, Ala., on Thursday and charged with four misdemeanors, including third-degree assault for allegedly punching a childhood friend, holding a gun to the 23-year-old’s head and then firing the gun next to his ear.
McClain posted bail on the $2,000 bond and was released Thursday afternoon. He joined his teammates in Miami on Friday night and played Sunday against the Miami Dolphins.
Raiders coach Hue Jackson said he decided to let McClain play after hearing his account of what transpired.
“The information that I have, that I gathered myself in dealing with him, is I feel that the player has an opportunity to be honest,” Jackson said after the game. “At the end of the day, there’s no question that he knows I’m disappointed with some things that occurred. And I will take care of that in-house.”
Jackson added that he will watch with keen interest how the league handles the situation. League spokesman Greg Aiello said the NFL is aware of the matter and is conducting an investigation.
“If the league decides to come down on him, then I’m going to come down on him like you’ve never seen,” Jackson said. “But I’m truly backing my player on this. I trust the things that I know.”

INJURIES UPDATE
Wide receivers Denarius Moore (foot) and Jacoby Ford (foot) said they aren’t sure whether they will be cleared to practice this week or play Sunday against the Green Bay Packers.
Ford said he was on his way in for treatment when stopped for a brief interview. He said he won’t know what’s in store for him this week until he meets with team trainers. He has missed the past three games.
Moore said he isn’t speaking about his injury “because we really don’t know yet” where it stands this week. He has missed the past two games.
“It’s super hard to sit here and watch my teammates go through what they’re going through and actually watch film, playing through good and bad,” Moore said. “It’s not always bad. It’s just something that I have to maintain and make sure I’m not pushing myself and get reinjured again. I just continue to listen to coaches and what I should do, how I should feel about going out there.”
Running back Taiwan Jones said his right hamstring is at about 75-80 percent strength, based on agility drills he performed this morning.
Given that, there’s a chance he will return to practice this week and, perhaps, play against the Packers.
Moore said he isn’t concerned about the prospect of returning for a game likely to be played in freezing weather.
“Not really because I spent my college career in pretty much the same type of weather,” Jones said. “I should be able to adapt to it pretty easily.”
It has been quite some time since the Raiders had all their key players at their disposal for a game this season. That tends to wear on the players, right offensive tackle Khalif Barnes said.
“Yeah, it can be tough, man, when you don’t have all your guys out there,” Barnes said. “But, we can’t make any excuses. There are no excuses in this business. We have guys that can step in to replace the guys who are down. We’ve shown that we can get the job done before, so there are really no excuses. We just have to go out perform and play. We just didn’t do that for 60 minutes yesterday.”

PLAYERS WORKING OUT
Defensive coordinator Chuck Bresnahan oversaw the workout of two players late this morning. Both players appeared to be linebackers.
The Raiders did not reveal the names of the players donning Nos. 44 and 47.

MCFADDEN NOT SPOTTED
Running back Darren McFadden was spotted working with a team trainer last Monday. Today, he was nowhere to be seen on the practice field or in the locker room.
Therefore, it’s anyone’s guess as to whether he has made enough progress in his rehab from a mid-foot sprain to resume practicing for the first time since Oct. 23, when he got hurt early in the game against the Kansas City Chiefs.
At this point, it’s a long-shot to envisioning McFadden playing against the Packers. He has to get back into football shape, get used to being hit again and needs ample time getting back into the flow of the offense.
The smart money says, he returns for the Raiders game against the Detroit Lions on Dec. 18. Even then, that’s far from a certainty until he shows that he can plant his right foot, make sharp cuts and hold up in full-contact situations.

JOHNSON READY TO ASSERT HIMSELF
Cornerback Chris Johnson finally got into a game Sunday after missing seven straight because of a hamstring injury. Now, he’s ready to play even more now that he feels back up to speed.
“Oh, yeah, I’m going to take my role back now,” Johnson said of the starting job he relinquished once he suffered the injury. “They wanted to do that (last week) just to see how my body would hold up because I haven’t hit anybody in probably a month. I’m ready to go.”
Lito Sheppard, Chimdi Chekwa and DeMarcus Van Dyke have started games opposite Stanford Routt during Johnson’s lengthy absence.

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  • Mistic1 Tha Supavillain

    I have pointed out red flags that are clearly showing this year for palmer, and thats trashing him?

    Why is palmer off limits? he is just as responsible for that god awful showing as the rest of the team.

  • Seymour Bush

    MistaBrown Says:
    December 5th, 2011 at 12:20 pm

    Hue we can meet out front of Raider Image and I will tell you to your face I dont give one Fk.
    =========================================

    Don’t do it Hue. The guy is a delusional maniac. But he is easy to identify: if you see someone foaming at the mouth with a little pocket dog named “oakglenn” and he is wearing a Bernie Kosar charger and no pants, you will know it is Jamista Turd.

  • Silverandblack666

    “I don’t see that anyone’s given Palmer a pass….he hasn’t been here long enough to start trashing on him yet….we’ve got 4 more games to see what he can do….some in here are already trashing him….I’m still backing him till I have a legit reason not too… I wanna see how he does with a healthy team…I’ve never seen so many foot and hamstring injuries in my life …”

    DING DING correct answer!

    Palmer hasn’t even been a Raider long enough for us to evaluate him as a player….get a life Mystic1 we are all sick of your song and dance!

  • raiderinparadise

    ONE VERY SERIOUS ISSUE ABOUT GB GAME:

    bush is an awful pass protector. who the heck is going to chip matthews?!

  • mcfadden20.

    If our D doesnt play at high level we won’t go anywhere cuz 3 of the top 5 players on our O are injured and we can’t play highscoring games…

  • Blackmamba_20

    “because the qb isnt a play maker, and struggles when everything around him isnt perfect.”

    ===========

    UMMM i think he is a playmaker,
    is he prone to poor throws and ultimatly interceptions? yes..
    but can he make throws we havent seen here in a long time(play making) yes…

    i think he has plenty to work on, all im saying is that with the Rush game doing nothing it would have helped to Have 3 premier playmakers.. No??

  • Mistic1 Tha Supavillain

    im only being fair, i killed grads for turning over the football, and palmer gets the same treatment for doing the same thing. any qb would

  • maniacon

    mcfadden20. Says:
    December 5th, 2011 at 1:34 pm
    ——–

    exactly his favorite two receivers are injured the best player on the team is injured and the freaking O line is not even giving him time …
    ————————————————-
    When the run games been on, Palmer has been fine.
    Palmers been here a month and a half ! Insane to expect him to be playing at a peak level right now.

  • mcfadden20.

    Mistic1 Tha Supavillain Says:
    December 5th, 2011 at 1:43 pm

    I have pointed out red flags that are clearly showing this year for palmer, and thats trashing him?

    Why is palmer off limits? he is just as responsible for that god awful showing as the rest of the team.

    ———–

    we argue about everything but for some reason Palmer is the reason we lose every game

  • fingers

    Hue Jackson will say Obviously at least 3 times during his presser…

    15 minutes …

  • raiderinparadise

    DHB for most improved player of the year. and he has 4 more games to build on that.

    after that I would flirt with Veldheer being improved but he has seen a drop of late in his play overall.

    others i like:

    Desmond Bryant
    Branch (always liked him) but he made the next step this year

  • mcfadden20.

    For mistic everything is on Palmer ..

  • maniacon

    Mistic1 Tha Supavillain Says:
    December 5th, 2011 at 1:37 pm
    ============

    because the qb isnt a play maker, and struggles when everything around him isnt perfect.
    —————————————————
    Sounds like your talking bout JCamp to me…

  • Silverandblack666

    No one is giving Palmer a pass we are all just intelligent enough to know that it takes a QB a while to get acclimated.

    Yesterday we got our ass handed to us at the LOS on both sides of the ball!

    I suppose you think RG111 could have stepped in and did a better job yesterday because he is a more “athletic” QB?

    Well guess what we have our own “athletic” QB and his name is Terrell Pryor!

    Let me make one thing clear to you little brain…WE ARE NOT DRAFTING ANOTHER QB!!!!!!

  • maniacon

    Silverandblack666 Says:
    December 5th, 2011 at 1:44 pm

    “I don’t see that anyone’s given Palmer a pass….he hasn’t been here long enough to start trashing on him yet….we’ve got 4 more games to see what he can do….some in here are already trashing him….I’m still backing him till I have a legit reason not too… I wanna see how he does with a healthy team…I’ve never seen so many foot and hamstring injuries in my life …”

    DING DING correct answer!
    ————————————————
    Agreed.

  • inonewordraider

    I am not in any way shape or form a tebow fan, but the reality is he is now outplaying our qb
    _________________
    what is he 6 and 1? he’s outplaying every qb but rodgers

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  • raiderinparadise

    fingers Says:
    December 5th, 2011 at 1:46 pm
    Hue Jackson will say Obviously at least 3 times during his presser…

    15 minutes …

    *****

    …and we will get to see where our guys are at wednesday, but I beleive were getting closer there.

    …its not good enough and thats falls on me.

    …our players understand whats at stake, believe me.

  • mcfadden20.

    CODE BLACK >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

  • fingers

    218…lol…yes…..

  • joker94583

    McFragile is a pu$$y! A sprained foot? It has to be far more than that or he has a vajayjay. This team is done, no identity no heart. I bet The Packers are watching film right now and laughing their asses off.

  • mcfadden20.

    inonewordraider Says:
    December 5th, 2011 at 1:48 pm

    I am not in any way shape or form a tebow fan, but the reality is he is now outplaying our qb
    _________________
    what is he 6 and 1? he’s outplaying every qb but rodgers
    —-

    OH please, no mention of their D?

  • Silverandblack666

    Palmer and Pryor

    Present and Future!

    Get in line with it because that is not going to change!

  • mcfadden20.

    Silverandblack666 Says:
    December 5th, 2011 at 1:50 pm

    Palmer and Pryor

    Present and Future!

    Get in line with it because that is not going to change!

    ———-

    And CODE BLACK ain’t going anywhere either

  • raiderinparadise

    Maybe Hue needs an Irish Coffee.

  • fingers

    I’d almost rather hear Hue say… Ok.. I’m just here to jive you…..

  • http://repealitnow.org MistaBrown

    I guess you meant 13 or 30 because 3 is way too low of a number.
    _____

    fingers Says:
    December 5th, 2011 at 1:46 pm

    Hue Jackson will say Obviously at least 3 times during his presser…

    15 minutes …

  • Silverandblack666

    “OH please, no mention of their D?”

    Yes their D, their run blocking, they don’t turn the ball over they play great special teams.

    Think 2000 Ravens but not as talented.

  • Mistic1 Tha Supavillain

    palmer has an abysmal 4th qaurter passer rating of 57.3!!!! 2 touchdowns and 5 picks

    on 3rd down he is slightly better 63.% 2/2 5 sacks

    this isnt “elite”, and it isnt good enough to win, especially when you consider the shaky line play, lack of skill players and defense that cant be counted on week to week

  • raiderinparadise

    I can’t wait till i get to see a pitch outside on the edge to mcfadden again. sigh.

  • maniacon

    Donk’s running game & run blocking is no joke either…. Any mobile QB could run wild with that line. Vick would be MVP

  • John David Booty

    I want to know who is going to step up and take the personal challenge of trying to stop Clay. Raiders players never want to “man up”. Always looking for excuses or the next person to blame. I never even see any player excited to take on any challenges against certain players. It seems like Raiders players have this mentality that they are just “there” in the league, and arent interested in elevating their game. At the very least, show some pride. Watching the team tip toe to the line, while there was still a lot of time left, This team is not a bully. This team is a flashy pansy. Looks good, fast, can make plays, but as soon as you punch em in the mouth, they fold, like lawn chairs. Team full of kittens.

  • inonewordraider

    OH please, no mention of their D?

    ______________________
    seriously partner they had that same D when Orton was playing but they’re playing lights out for tebow and did you see the game yesterday? Guy keeps improving. But unlike alotta the clowns in here I know the Raids are legit too u don’t beat Houston in Houston if your not legit

  • raiderinparadise

    If we can’t run the ball , we can’t be in games.

    Luckily GB is 29th agsinst the run and in my book as talented as GB is …. if we can run the ball, then we can compete with anybody.

    Therefore…

    Before I even see an injury list….

    raiders _____ packers ______

  • beach

    136.Mistic1 Tha Supavillain Says:
    December 5th, 2011 at 1:13 pm
    carsons story has yet to be written, questioning certain aspects of his game is fair. I would hate for the team to go down simply because we lost our starter. hopefully palmer can right himself, we need that “elite level qb play” that everyone said he brings to the table. to be sure the qb spot has been a down grade. Too early write him off though, but rust and timing are no longer valid excuses.

    ————–
    Get the rust off DMC, Jacoby, and Denarius. That would give us a chance to beat the Packers!!!

  • fingers

    John…. It’s consistency … That’s what the Raiders are missing ….we need the Defense to show up more than once every 5 games…

  • SnB offense defense specialteams

    DMAC = Chaz schilens as far as health.

    DMAC averaging 9 carries a gm sice he was drafted. Reflects massive amount of time missed.

    He’s not playing this week and next week wil be limited action.

    Better have a SOLID #2 that can pass block next year or Rock Cartwright will be getting the carries and find good RBs are not a dime a dozen–rememeber all those RBs before DMAC?

  • beach

    Fingers,

    Correct. The defense has been inconsistent all season. Thanks to McClain, the defense was off the whole game yesterday.

  • ArtilleryShell

    Litotes Shepard seems to be playing a lot of off coverage giving up easy completions

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    Given that, there’s a chance he will return to practice this week and, perhaps

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