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McClain suspended by Raiders

The Raiders on Friday suspended middle linebacker Rolando McClain two games for conduct detrimental to the team.
McClain is eligible to return to the team Dec. 10. He was excused from practice Wednesday after a talk with coach Dennis Allen. On Thursday, the Raiders asked McClain not to show up for practice, and he complied.
McClain will not be paid for the two games he is suspended. That amounts to a little more than $100,000.
This means that Omar Gaither will start at middle linebacker Sunday against the Cleveland Browns, a little more than two weeks after being signed by the Raiders.
Gaither has experience as a starter at all three linebacker spots, so he should be able to step in and hold his own. He also is versatile enough to play on passing situations, something McClain wasn’t permitted to do the past seven games.

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  • Kiwi_Blade

    Reggie brought in some filler. that’s about it. He made a whiff with Briesel…but they are not paying him top dollar
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    That’s the last time Reggie will take Knapp’s advice.

  • backstageatapuppetshow

    In ALL reality the BLAME for the decision to hire McKenzie and by extension Coach Allen falls on Ron Wolf and John Madden…..

    Hopefully next time MARK will make the CHOICE himself….at least that way….if it fails….he will know where to place the blame….

    HOWEVER….

    When it FLIES….he will get the CREDIT!

  • http://singleness-of-purpose 909RaiderLifer

    Jerry & Steve, must be over covering the UCLA vs. Stanford game..Probably have better free grub there..

  • 303Raider

    reggie has failed?????

    With what? Al Davis’s moronic drafts, FA signings, and trades??

    I thought there were intelligent Football fans on here, I guess I was wrong???

  • JONGRUDEN2013

    Iv said this more then once,..but look at the bright side,..you all finally got what youve wanted all your lives,..a GM. Merry Christmas.

  • SnB offense defense specialteams

    697.backstageatapuppetshow Says:
    November 30th, 2012 at 2:34 pm
    Leadership takes responsibility….it does not look to deflect it…..

    THE GM and the Head Coach have taken NONE…..while the Owner has….

    We all have failings in life…..setbacks….but it takes a MAN to say “it’s my fault”….

    Mark Davis has done this….can’t say the same of the others…..ALL THEY ARE A PAID EMPLOYEES….WORKING LIKE ANYONE ELSE….FOR MONEY….

    These men are not loyal to the Raiders, they are loyal to what they ARE PAID…..

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    They are loyal to succeeding. JaBustus was loyal to being paid…Kiffin was loyal to using the Raiders as a stepping stone…..

    Reggie and DA are trying to fix this mess….

    The roster was what it was. There was no room and players have let them down. Missing assignments and gap control..

    I am sure there will be coaching changes to the assistants.

    But the “leadership” is responsible by definition.

    I have no problem with Reggie calling out these sloppy and shoddy players.

  • Al_is_theraiders

    reggie is the idiot we thought he was…

  • JONGRUDEN2013

    I thought Reggie was a big dummy til he finally started taking out the trash,..Im fine with him now,..and also because I know the takin out the trash has just begun. Word.

  • SnB offense defense specialteams

    Stop dreaming of last year too.

    Freekn Tim Tebow took over a listless team mid-season and got them to the playoffs because the division and the schedule was so decrepit.

    Raiders couldn’t beat Tim Tebow and his circular arm motion.

    Give me a freekn break

  • backstageatapuppetshow

    SnB offense defense specialteams Says:
    November 30th, 2012 at 2:38 pm

    697.backstageatapuppetshow Says:
    November 30th, 2012 at 2:34 pm
    Leadership takes responsibility….it does not look to deflect it…..

    THE GM and the Head Coach have taken NONE…..while the Owner has….

    We all have failings in life…..setbacks….but it takes a MAN to say “it’s my fault”….

    Mark Davis has done this….can’t say the same of the others…..ALL THEY ARE A PAID EMPLOYEES….WORKING LIKE ANYONE ELSE….FOR MONEY….

    These men are not loyal to the Raiders, they are loyal to what they ARE PAID…..

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    They are loyal to succeeding. JaBustus was loyal to being paid…Kiffin was loyal to using the Raiders as a stepping stone…..

    Reggie and DA are trying to fix this mess….

    The roster was what it was. There was no room and players have let them down. Missing assignments and gap control..

    I am sure there will be coaching changes to the assistants.

    But the “leadership” is responsible by definition.

    I have no problem with Reggie calling out these sloppy and shoddy players.
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    Reggie worked for the Packers just months ago…..and Allen worked for the Broncos and New Orleans and Atlanta prior to that…..

    Neither is LOYAL….to anything but the MONEY!

  • Marks hair

    Just fire yourself fat face

  • SnB offense defense specialteams

    708.JONGRUDEN2013 Says:
    November 30th, 2012 at 2:39 pm
    I thought Reggie was a big dummy til he finally started taking out the trash,..Im fine with him now,..and also because I know the takin out the trash has just begun. Word.

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    and the trash needs to go. If he just gets that done that will be an accomplishment.

    Gotta a lot of players on this roster hiding, getting bye and collecting a check.

    When is the highest paid DT going to get back on the field?

    Is DMAC ready from his quarterly break?

  • http://www.raiders.com Raider O

    RaidersAllday_LtsGeTit Says:
    November 30th, 2012 at 2:12 pm
    Vic Tafur‏@VicTafur

    McKenzie would’t go into who’s safe and who’s not until after season-long evaluation is over, but made clear he has input on coaching staff
    $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$

    Grumpy, thoughts? lol

  • 303Raider

    Al_is_theraiders Says:
    November 30th, 2012 at 2:38 pm
    reggie is the idiot we thought he was…

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    Who drafted McClain?
    Who traded for SeyMour??

    Al Davis’s stank continues and it will take a few more years for the stench to leave. This current team is further proof of how pathetic Al Davis was as a GM and he ran this franchise into the ground!!

  • Plunketthead

    Thanks all day for the tweets

  • JONGRUDEN2013

    Reggie has kicked off Rolando,..(suspended two games then sat the final two, then released)…next will be Kelly,…then Seymour…then about evey O lineman not named Valdeer and Lil Wiz…Mitchell,…look you guys need to buckle up,…next year will resemble this one a lot…hang in there til 2014. Word.

  • backstageatapuppetshow

    303Raider Says:
    November 30th, 2012 at 2:41 pm

    Al_is_theraiders Says:
    November 30th, 2012 at 2:38 pm
    reggie is the idiot we thought he was…

    ___________________________

    Who drafted McClain?
    Who traded for SeyMour??

    Al Davis’s stank continues and it will take a few more years for the stench to leave. This current team is further proof of how pathetic Al Davis was as a GM and he ran this franchise into the ground!!

    _______________________________________________

    Al Davis built the franchise…..so what’s your point?

  • LA to TheBay

    Reg isn’t going to throw coaches under the bus.

    But he knows that his staff has failed in a lot of respects.

    How could he not?

    More or less the same players that went 8-8 last year.

    I mean Greg F’in Knapp??

  • SnB offense defense specialteams

    716.JONGRUDEN2013 Says:
    November 30th, 2012 at 2:43 pm
    Reggie has kicked off Rolando,..(suspended two games then sat the final two, then released)…next will be Kelly,…then Seymour…then about evey O lineman not named Valdeer and Lil Wiz…Mitchell,…look you guys need to buckle up,…next year will resemble this one a lot…hang in there til 2014. Word.

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    This is reality!

    Guys can only hide so long

  • RaidersAllday_LtsGeTit

    Vic Tafur‏@VicTafur

    Reggie McKenzie said he knew coming in team had no depth — “we couldn’t afford to lose one player (in offseason), not one.”

    k lunch break must be over

  • Dr. Hunter S. Thompson

    Reggie can only hide so long.

  • 303Raider

    My Point is we ALL wanted a GM, and he needs time to rebuild this pathetic roster full of overpaid checkcashers and morons like McClain.

    We were all fooled with the 8-8 last year and soem thought we could contend for the SB, lol.

    Sure reggie has made mistakes, hiring DA and some of his scrap heap, 1 yr deal players were low risk and the Carson Palmer trade did not help.

    He needs help and time especially inheriting the worst situation in the NFL!!!

  • RaidersAllday_LtsGeTit

    Vic Tafur‏@VicTafur

    McKenzie said Michael Huff is definitely a safety and not a cornerback in Raiders’ long-term plans

  • Al_is_theraiders

    reggie players…lol….lee, adams, bartell, spencer, briesel, hanson, burris, bergstrom…lol if you can call them players. salary cap salary cap go ahead sirens go off…

  • RaidersAllday_LtsGeTit

    Vic Tafur‏@VicTafur

    McKenzie: “We’re going to upgrade at a lot of positions.”

  • backstageatapuppetshow

    RaidersAllday_LtsGeTit Says:
    November 30th, 2012 at 2:46 pm

    Vic Tafur‏@VicTafur

    Reggie McKenzie said he knew coming in team had no depth — “we couldn’t afford to lose one player (in offseason), not one.”

    k lunch break must be over
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    Does Reggie realize that this is football….and that people get injured?

    Excuses excuses….

    Where are the I/MY statements Reggie?

    I take responsibility.

    I will fix this.

    It’s MY job to get these men to do their jobs.

  • Al_is_theraiders

    go ahead call them upgrades…lol 3-8…

  • RaidersAllday_LtsGeTit

    Hanson is actually a good player. That lil necca has heart

  • http://singleness-of-purpose 909RaiderLifer

    Ouch!
    “““““““““““““““““““““““““““`
    Christopher Hansen @ChrisHansenNFL 12m
    Where is Richard Seymour, the highest paid player on defense and the team’s so-called defensive leader in all of this?
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    John Dickinson
    @JDJohnDickinson
    @ChrisHansenNFL never practicing, collecting his check. Showing up w/2-3 good games a year. Talking like he’s a leader to media w/o action
    10:38pm Fri Nov 30

  • Al_is_theraiders

    what happened to this is a playoff roster?

  • Al_is_theraiders

    how many pics does hanson have?

  • theghostronin79

    JONGRUDEN2013 Says:
    November 30th, 2012 at 2:39 pm
    I thought Reggie was a big dummy til he finally started taking out the trash,..Im fine with him now,..and also because I know the takin out the trash has just begun. Word.

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    Vic Tafur‏@VicTafur

    McKenzie: “We’re going to upgrade at a lot of positions.”

    =======

    WORD is RIGHT

  • SnB offense defense specialteams

    724.Al_is_theraiders Says:
    November 30th, 2012 at 2:49 pm
    reggie players…lol….lee, adams, bartell, spencer, briesel, hanson, burris, bergstrom…lol if you can call them players. salary cap salary cap go ahead sirens go off…

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    Al_is_theraiders,

    No money man. The only other alternative would have been to re-do the oppressive contracts and push out the money owed guys like Wimbley, Routt (out of the league), Seymour, Kelly, Palmer and DHB into the future years.

    But that would increase the burden in the out years because when you restructure, you usually have to throw in a bonus and maybe more guaranteed money.

    Seriously, these guys aren’t worth what they are getting now.

    There was NO MONEY to sign impact free agents. None!

    And Free agents want to play for you too. I doubt the Raiders were the #1 destination for any top flight free agent

  • Al_is_theraiders

    alright lets get the excuses rollin reggie…they fit you like the 4xx suit…

  • RaidersAllday_LtsGeTit

    how many forced fumbles? the only guy at corner i see making plays. Did u not just see what he did to 6ft 2 Cincy reciever SANU.. that the refs f’d up??

    When is the last time Routt or Asomugha did something like that?

  • backstageatapuppetshow

    I love how OUR owner stood up in front of a number of media people AFTER a game in which we were BLOWN out at HOME and talked to the media on CAMERA…..

    No scripts…..and just answered questions honestly…everything was on the record….

    Now LOOK at our GENERAL MANAGER….just like a politician….

    He has to schedule an interview a week in advance….NO CAMERA’S…..

    COWARD!

  • MiamiRaider78

    Good evening fellers!

    Any word from the Gut?

  • RaidersAllday_LtsGeTit

    Vic Tafur‏@VicTafur

    McKenzie has seen some players with leadership qualities start to emerge but there are no dynamic presences on Raiders

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    Word reggie! Jarvis Jones, MOORE, TE’o n TEBOW and Tyrann Mathieu will be a good way to start this

  • Marks hair

    Spray that blame canon everywhere Reggie. it’s not your fault at all right?

  • Al_is_theraiders

    sorry but no $ excuse is old and tired…never was a problem before….at worse reggieis incompetant of handling a nfl teams finances…

  • Raiderbuck

    Vic Tafur ‏@VicTafur

    Asked Reggie McKenzie if it was one action or a series of actions that led to Rolando McClain’s suspension: http://sulia.com/c/football/f/1cb9a094-88a6-4192-8112-91c555ccdcc5/?source=twitter

    Vic Tafur ‏@VicTafur

    McKenzie said Michael Huff is definitely a safety and not a cornerback in Raiders’ long-term plans

    Vic Tafur ‏@VicTafur

    McKenzie: “We’re going to upgrade at a lot of positions.”

    Vic Tafur ‏@VicTafur

    Part of changing culture here, McKenzie said, is getting players 2 be leaders and hold others accountable. “Can’t say I had that coming in”

    Vic Tafur ‏@VicTafur

    McKenzie has seen some players with leadership qualities start to emerge but there are no dynamic presences on Raiders

  • RaidersAllday_LtsGeTit

    Vic Tafur‏@VicTafur

    Next 5 games, McKenzie wants team “to play well, not give up big runs.” Isn’t that tall order based on last 4 games, I asked. “No, it’s not”

  • Marks hair

    736.. Exactly ..Reggie is dodging all the responsibility here

  • Al_is_theraiders

    hanson is better than bartell? what does that say about the coaches? One is playing corner for the first time in the nfl and routt has more picks than all three if those guys combined…

  • Raiderbuck

    Vic Tafur ‏@VicTafur

    Next 5 games, McKenzie wants team “to play well, not give up big runs.” Isn’t that tall order based on last 4 games, I asked. “No, it’s not”

  • backstageatapuppetshow

    Marks hair Says:
    November 30th, 2012 at 2:57 pm

    736.. Exactly ..Reggie is dodging all the responsibility here

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    He is preparing to get fired….and look to continue his career elsewhere…

    I wish him luck!

  • Al_is_theraiders

    at least tafur is questioning him…

  • RaidersAllday_LtsGeTit

    Really there is nothing “big” that he is saying.

    Either that or the reporters are not asking tough questons

  • backstageatapuppetshow

    New Era of Excellence MY ASS!

    Bring back COMMITMENT to EXCELLENCE!

  • Marks hair

    I don’t mind any of the blame he’s putting on als players.. but his dumb fùck coaches started this mess. Don’t forget to point the finger at yourself fat face