By Jerry McDonald - NFL Writer
Wednesday, December 12th, 2012 at 11:51 am in Oakland Raiders.
Rolando McClain was back on the field and practicing with the Raiders Wednesday, apparently having worked out his issues with coach Dennis Allen.
McClain served a two-game suspension for conduct detrimental to the team after being ejected from practice Nov. 28 after a reportedly “heated’’ argument with Allen.
He then made disparaging remarks about the organization on his Facebook page, but had removed the posts by the middle of the day.
Last Friday, the day after the Raiders lost to the Denver Broncos 26-13, Allen said he would meet with McClain before making a determination on whether he would be reinstated to the roster.
McClain was taken off the reserve/suspended list Monday while Allen was in Texas attending the funeral of his father.
ESPN originally reported McClain would be waived.
How much McClain will play, if at all, remains to be seen over the final three games of the season. Allen will be available to the media following practice.
McClain had already lost his spot in the nickel defense to rookie Miles Burris after the fourth game of the season, at which time he also relinquished play-calling duties to strong side linebacker Philip Wheeler.
Omar Gaither has started as the middle linebacker in the 4-3 defense over the past two weeks.
Before the team broke into team sessions, at which time the media is excused, McClain was going through drills with linebackers and defensive linemen. At one point, he was carrying the ball as a running back while defenders went through drills positioning themselves in the proper gaps.
Players who were not at practice Wednesday were strong safety Tyvon Branch (neck, ankle) and defensive tackle Christo Bilukidi (illness).
Defensive tackle Richard Seymour was on the field for his second straight practice after missing five games with a hamstring strain. Running back Darren McFadden looks at full strength and has made the last two practices after tweaking his injured right ankle in the fourth quarter against Denver.