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McClain back on the field with Raiders

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.

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  • RaiderSam

    Purvisman/Intrepid// Full Disclosure Says:
    December 12th, 2012 at 12:14 pm
    JONGRUDEN2013 Says: Cork sucks.====================

    Yeah, but he talks to Raider personnel IN REAL LIFE.

    ============

    LMAO. So true.

  • Relentless

    I don’t expect him to even draw a low draft pick. I think he’ll eventually be released and picked up. But their gonna try anyways.

  • RaiderSam

    DJ Johnny Says:
    December 12th, 2012 at 2:27 pm
    178,

    Colts also have a 1st yr. GM, AND a 1st yr. HC…who isn’t even coaching…the assistant to the 1st yr. HC is.

    When is anybody going to expect better?

    =============

    But they have the best QB to be drafted no.1 since Peyton Manning.

    Thats the difference a QB makes paired with the right free agents and a defensive specialist from Ravens.

  • beach

    Reggie assuming Seymour was a leader was a dumb mistake. He has virtually done nothing for us other than his 1st game vs. SD and the blocked kick in KC last Christmas Eve.

  • nycraider

    Reggie just traded Rolando and our 1st round pick to Gb for 5 practice squad players.

  • The_Judge37

    205.nycraider Says:
    December 12th, 2012 at 2:42 pm
    Reggie just traded Rolando and our 1st round pick to Gb for 5 practice squad players.
    ———

    ISI – Iron Sharpening Iron

  • Dan78

    Reggie flushed this season down the toilet the minute he agreed to have Knapp and Tarver as coordinators

  • nycraider

    Beach Says:
    December 12th, 2012 at 2:41 pm
    Reggie assuming Seymour was a leader was a dumb mistake. He has virtually done nothing for us other than his 1st game vs. SD and the blocked kick in KC last Christmas Eve.
    ———-
    seymour is a tough guy but when has he ever been a leader. He played in more games than practices in his raider career. he probably doesnt know the names of half the guys on the team.

  • The_Judge37

    204.beach Says:
    December 12th, 2012 at 2:41 pm
    Reggie assuming Seymour was a leader was a dumb mistake. He has virtually done nothing for us other than his 1st game vs. SD and the blocked kick in KC last Christmas Eve.
    ———

    And the Jacoby Ford game vs the Chiefs. He was all over Jamal Charles. And the 59-14 Donkey game. Seymour has had a couple of great games with the Raiders. Don’t be upset because he got old, he didn’t force anyone to give him a contract.

  • zopi

    Did someone say there were 9 teams, and possibly one playoff team, that would like to have McClain?

    Do those unnamed teams know something about McClain Junior and the Raiders don’t?
    Is the ZarMac such a vengeful punishing type?
    Why even reinstate him, then?
    Do they really believe that by having him suited up or playing on special teams is going to increase his trade value?
    Wouldn’t the team that trades for him inherit his contract? Why would they pay so much for a player that’s considered unworthy?

    I believe McClain was probably upset by being singled out and scapegoated, according to Kelly, for a lousy defensive scheme brought on by Junior and Tarver.

    Has anybody really taken a look at the way the defensive plans and game preparation were mishandle by the staff?
    I know it’s very easy to blame talent, but how long is the staff going to get a pass?

    More than enough times we have seen a coach’s stubbornness of trying to fit talent to his system hurt the team’s chances of being successful.
    Was this season more than a rebuild a time to have Junior impose his will with the ZarMac’s tutelage?

    As I said before, Marky gave the keys to the Nation to the ZarMac, it’s all on him and he’d better get it done because the Nation will definitely make him pay. Get it done or get out of OakTown.

  • beach

    Alex Smith and Greg Knapp. What a freakin’ disaster that would be!!!

  • beach

    I agree with your last statement, Judge. That is why we have to rebuild. Too many washed up veterans were given prime-time contracts.

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