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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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  • chargerschoke

    Right team wrong guy its CorDarrell Peterson!

  • poprox13

    Are there really people on this board advocating getting Alex Smith as a starting QB? Now ive heard it all. smh

  • omoran

    Raider (since 1967)
    ★★★★★★★
    Jerry every sports net is reporting Rolando is back!
    This dude is worst than North Korea !
    MOM! Look we have a new quarterback !

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nNoi_wwzbtQ Zymurge

    poprox13 Says:
    December 12th, 2012 at 1:43 pm
    Are there really people on this board advocating getting Alex Smith as a starting QB? Now ive heard it all. smh

    =====

    Just wait until the Vick conversations start. Ugh!

  • fingers

    Poprox13…. Their are people on this site that want Tebow……Sheeesh

  • javier

    RaidersAllday_LtsGeTit Says:
    December 12th, 2012 at 1:41 pm
    Im hearing McClain can get a 5th rounder.

    LaConfora said 9 teams were ready to put a claim in for MCcLain and one playoff team.

    Most teams feel they can coach up raiders ex players and a 23 yr old 8th overall pick is still young. he said

    Maybe reggie knows about a trade he can make, now that teams know we wont cut him.

    ****************************

    Coach up is right! Stevie Brown, Trevor Scott, etc………

    The Raiders coaches …well they coach DOWN like this season

  • The_Judge37

    152.poprox13 Says:
    December 12th, 2012 at 1:43 pm
    Are there really people on this board advocating getting Alex Smith as a starting QB? Now ive heard it all. smh
    ————–

    We’ve already seen what Smith does behind guys like Barry Sims and Kwame Harris, I think it’ll be different in Oakland though with Kalif Barnes.

  • javier

    McClain to play backup and on special teams for the rest of the season

  • CDERaider

    Reggie will almost surely trade down. We are missing a 2nd and a 4/5th round (not sure which based on Curry’s playing time last year). If we can get the top pick, he can trade down and still stay in the top 15, and pick up the missing picks and maybe more. This team has too many needs – CB, DE, LB, DT, OT that getting that 1 impact guy vs 2-3 starters is not worth it at this point. I wouldn’t be surprised if Reggie traded down twice in the 1st and pick even more picks. He made a career on picking gems in the middle rounds.

  • Jackie Bibby

    Hmm I say get rid of da, switch to a 3-4, plug him in there with larry grant and find a way to motivate him and see what happens… Boom just a suggestion, not a favorable 1 id assume but a suggestion none the least.

  • javier

    McClain to play backup and on special teams for the rest of the season.

    Taking away from a player on special teams that is working his butt off to stay on the team at any capacity.

    What kind of message does that send.

  • jesusraiderjim

    CDERaider Says:
    December 12th, 2012 at 1:38 pm
    Keep McClain on squad no big deal – he’s paid out for the year anyway, maybe Reggie can talk someone into a 7th rounder for him – he’ll be released but if he’s traded he won’t be able to choose where he goes..

    —————————————-

    It would serve his punk ass right if we traded him to the worst team in the league …… Nevermind.

  • RaidersAllday_LtsGeTit

    CORKY said its MANTI TE’O or trading down. Thats what he is says in the chats lol

  • MiamiRaider78

    fingers Says:
    December 12th, 2012 at 1:46 pm
    Poprox13…. Their are people on this site that want Tebow……Sheeesh
    ______

    REALLY??? lol I missed this one. Some people have a knack of knocking the stupid comments out the park on this blog.

  • The_Judge37

    161.javier Says:
    December 12th, 2012 at 1:50 pm
    McClain to play backup and on special teams for the rest of the season.

    Taking away from a player on special teams that is working his butt off to stay on the team at any capacity.

    What kind of message does that send.
    ——–

    A message of equality. Show the Players that the Coaches aren’t the only ones getting a pass this season

  • javier

    RaidersAllday_LtsGeTit Says:
    December 12th, 2012 at 1:51 pm
    CORKY said its MANTI TE’O or trading down. Thats what he is says in the chats lol

    ***********************************

    Cork makes off the wall statements. His employer is obiviously coaching him downward.

  • http://www.RAIDERS.com Back-n-Black

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    This beer is brewed in a Monastery in Belgium and is very rare and hard to get.

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    Trappist Provisions, Oakland
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    These sets went on sale this morning and are already showing up on EBAY for with opening bids of $200-$300

    I’m not advertising… just thought some of you may want a shot at this vary rare event.

  • javier

    The_Judge37 Says:
    December 12th, 2012 at 1:52 pm
    161.javier Says:
    December 12th, 2012 at 1:50 pm
    McClain to play backup and on special teams for the rest of the season.

    Taking away from a player on special teams that is working his butt off to stay on the team at any capacity.

    What kind of message does that send.
    ——–

    A message of equality. Show the Players that the Coaches aren’t the only ones getting a pass this season

    **********************

    Ok…well do season ticket holders get free pass as well since everyone else involve are? I’ll be waiting in the mail for my refund check.

  • John David Booty

    Rolando McClain told the head coach of the Oakland Raiders that he has 4 million reasons not to care. Then went on Facebook, for the whole world to see, and stated that he is looking forward to playing with a real team.

    Not even a week later, he’s back on the practice field.

    Cheers, coach Allen. You are truly one of a kind.

    We’re really supposed to believe that Dennis Allen has the respect of this team? OK.

  • CDERaider

    This a strong defensive draft. Lots of quality. Ideal situation is the Raiders get the top pick – trade for a top 15 pick, a high 2nd, high 3rd, 5th rounder, and a conditional for 2014. Trade down *again* for a top 20 pick – get another 2nd and another 3rd this year. Reggie then gets 10 picks total this year, including 5 picks in the top 90. Add another 6-7 players from UFA and we could have 6 quality starters and 6-10 backups/project and this team will look alot different next year.

  • Mistic1 Tha Supavillain

    chargerschoke Says:
    December 12th, 2012 at 1:35 pm

    Supa Villian. Don’t forget about the millions of Africans who were enslaved on that continent by Arabs and alowed to work inside only if they were castrated,.
    ========

    Arabs are still enslaving black people

  • DKnight007

    68.ddwight Says:
    December 11th, 2012 at 11:40 am
    Before the season started, those of us who knew that we wouldn’t be a good football-team saw the hadnwriting on the wall when they brought Knapp back,and he decided to go to ZBS. Old proud Raiders like Steve Wiesniewski knew we were gonna be bad. (Common Sense)Why would you re-hire an OC that had playcalling taken away from him when he failed the 1st time here. Wiesniewski didn’t want to experience this tragedy thats happened, he knew this thats why he quit.

    Now for all of these people that want to keep DA here, (and if he stays)this stuff aint gonna get any better, the players checked out along time ago…when these laughable coordinators input offensive-and-defensive schemes that were junk.

    Its not just the players, because the players also have to believe what you sellin.

    I predicted 4 wins when I heard Knapp was re-hired…now I dont even think that will happen either.

    ^^^^^^^^
    Exactly!

  • RaidersAllday_LtsGeTit

    Honestly its not DA’s dec. Its coming from Reggie. He aint going anywhere.

    If it was up to DA ROMAC would have been cut that day

  • Mistic1 Tha Supavillain

    romac is a bust, he needs to go, what he does on another team will mean nothing to me

  • John David Booty

    And for the record, I would have never had McClain at 4-3 Mike to begin with. Stated such on this blog many times last season, the man is not a 4-3 Mike. And most all Raiders fans that know football have been saying the same thing for a long time. I find it very discouraging that this staff hadnt at least tried McClain at SAM. In fact, they really could have tried to play him as Wimbleys replacement, where he would also be able to rush the QB. I dont know if our coaches actually watch football.

  • fingers

    If somebody offered a 12 pack of cheap beer for McClain….. Take it…. And run

  • ENGLANDRAIDER

    KoolKell Says:
    December 12th, 2012 at 1:41 pm
    My point was that we shouldn’t have just let him go without a proven center to replace him.
    ————————
    Wiz looked pretty good at Center last year.

    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    For three games.
    He looked a lot better as left guard and was working well with Veldheer.
    It’s debatable whether he has the size or strength to be center although Satelle wasn’t that big.

  • nycraider

    Bcz24 Says:
    December 12th, 2012 at 1:18 pm
    Not true, Reggie didnt have to keep seymour, franchise branch then sign him long term , or sign Briesel to a 20 mil contract that when hes cut next year he hits our cap by 2.7 mil. Those were just bad decisions that were unnecessary
    i wonder how long all those geniuses predicted it would take the colts to rebuild. Why cant you just admit reggie had a bad year. Does it make you feel powerful to ignore the truth?Reggie had a bad year, and he’ll get a chance to redeem himself in 2013, but dont think for a moment anyone should buy into a 3-5 plan and allow Reggie excuse after excuse
    ****************
    I explained Seymour and Branch in my last post. Hindsight looks bad on Brisiel, but he was one of the highest graded guards in the league last year. He blocked for the best running game in the league. He is a perfect fit for the system we switched too. It was a solid signing that made sense at the time. Brisiel has played like crap since coming here, but that doesn’t make reggie an idiot.

    None of those geniuses thought it would take the colts very long at all to rebuild, they were a perenial 10 win team, that had a bad year for no other reason than losing Peyton Manning. They weren’t anywhere close to the situation we are in. Not a valid comparison at all. They added an outstand QB to a perennial 10 win team, and surprise, they are a 10 win team again.
    ————–
    show me one expert who said colts would be a playoff team after going 2-14 and losing manning and having a new coach. give me proof
    Reggie made decisions , they just havent worked out. Briesel signed a 20 mil contract, the texan spent 20 mil on danieal manning. they let briesel go because they made the right decision. so many of reggie’s decisions havent been right. Thats the fact. If you want to ignore the facts and rely on excuses thats your right.
    Reggie will get another chance and i hope he makes some right moves instead of going 2 for the season

  • nycraider

    Lets see what guys like jeremy stewart and phillip adams can do. But lets not give TP6 a chance. makes no sense

  • John David Booty

    Mistic1 Tha Supavillain Says:
    December 12th, 2012 at 2:04 pm
    romac is a bust, he needs to go, what he does on another team will mean nothing to me
    ———————————————
    This. Theres no reason for him to be on the field with the team. If they want to trade him, so be it. Thats good and fine. But based on the situation, theres no good reason for McClain to be practicing with this team. It makes no sense to me. What is the benefit to having him practice with the team? How are the other players going to react and respond to this?

  • John David Booty

    Nycraider Says:
    December 12th, 2012 at 2:10 pm
    Lets see what guys like jeremy stewart and phillip adams can do. But lets not give TP6 a chance. makes no sense
    —————————————————-
    Stewart was averaging 5 yards a carry against CLE. So that stopped handing him the ball that game. These guys are the best.

  • CDERaider

    Curious to see if they are going to move to the 3-4 next year. Which players will go/stay on Dline next season.

    Houston: cheap contract – 3-4 DE fit? prob not
    Seymour: FA – gone
    Kelly: Due 6.5 Mill for 2013. Not a 3-4 DE/NT fit
    Shaugnessy : FA
    Desmond Bryant: FA
    Dave Tollefson: Signed thru 2013. DE backup, ST player
    Bilukidi: rotational DE?
    Crawford: rotational DE end?

  • CDERaider

    Going to the game on Sunday. I am hoping the Chiefs get up early so we can see Pryor play *at least* 1 qtr in 2nd half. If the game is close, you know DA will keep Palmer in to try and get a win and save some face.. Getting a win and not playing Pryor are both ‘fails’ imo.

  • DJ Johnny

    181.John David Booty Says:
    December 12th, 2012 at 2:14 pm
    Nycraider Says:
    December 12th, 2012 at 2:10 pm
    Lets see what guys like jeremy stewart and phillip adams can do. But lets not give TP6 a chance. makes no sense
    —————————————————-
    Stewart was averaging 5 yards a carry against CLE. So that stopped handing him the ball that game. These guys are the best.

    That last line…..LMAO.

  • nycraider

    if palmer gets dinged up and cant finish the game, my money is the knapp the genius goes with leinhart

  • Kirk

    Make McLain return punts.

  • The_Judge37

    181.John David Booty Says:
    December 12th, 2012 at 2:14 pm
    Nycraider Says:
    December 12th, 2012 at 2:10 pm
    Lets see what guys like jeremy stewart and phillip adams can do. But lets not give TP6 a chance. makes no sense
    —————————————————-
    Stewart was averaging 5 yards a carry against CLE. So that stopped handing him the ball that game. These guys are the best.
    ———

    I believe there is a Method to Reggie’s Madness. This was a throw away year. Hire the most incompetent HC, have him hire equally incompetent staff, and proceed to get the #1 pick in the Draft. Next year Reggie will start fresh, new staff, new roster, new RAIDERS!

    Or he’s banking on the World ending Dec. 21′st. Either way the suffereing stops in 2013.

  • DJ Johnny

    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?

  • daraider09

    John David Booty Says:
    December 12th, 2012 at 2:05 pm
    And for the record, I would have never had McClain at 4-3 Mike to begin with. Stated such on this blog many times last season, the man is not a 4-3 Mike. And most all Raiders fans that know football have been saying the same thing for a long time. I find it very discouraging that this staff hadnt at least tried McClain at SAM. In fact, they really could have tried to play him as Wimbleys replacement, where he would also be able to rush the QB. I dont know if our coaches actually watch football.
    ******************************************************
    I agree with this. Not because I think he has much pass rush ability (i.e. quick burst, feet, bend, edge rushing like Wimbley), but because the job duties of the SAM fit his body type and the type of player he is. Take on the TE, set the edge, take on the FB, blow up the run plays, occasionally drop back into deep zone when absolutely necessary, and let someone else more competent and quick make the tackle from the MLB or WLB position.

    He’s strong and big, but too big and slow to play MLB. He should have been tried at SAM a long time ago. Its rediculous.

    I think his body and size can be useful as this 4-3 SLB or he could go back to his natural position in the middle of a 3-4 if we draft a bonafid NT to keep him “clean”. That’s how he became a top 10 pick after all. A 3-4 defense with a big personal protector up front in Saban’s defense.

    Ray Lewis forced the Ravens draft Haloti Ngata. He spoke at length at the time about how important that NT is for allowing him to be the player he is.

    Is this Star lotulelei for us????

  • DJ Johnny

    185.nycraider Says:
    December 12th, 2012 at 2:24 pm
    if palmer gets dinged up and cant finish the game, my money is the knapp the genius goes with leinhart

    “Hey. Let’s have a little perspective here for a minute”.

    Greggus Maximus Knappus.

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

    Rolando McClain was back on the field and practicing with the Raiders Wednesday, apparently having worked out his issues with coach Dennis Allen.

    “““““““““““““““““““““““““““`
    HOLY WHAT THE UFCK? BATMAN!

  • DJ Johnny

    175.John David Booty Says:
    December 12th, 2012 at 2:05 pm
    And for the record, I would have never had McClain at 4-3 Mike to begin with. Stated such on this blog many times last season, the man is not a 4-3 Mike. And most all Raiders fans that know football have been saying the same thing for a long time. I find it very discouraging that this staff hadnt at least tried McClain at SAM. In fact, they really could have tried to play him as Wimbleys replacement, where he would also be able to rush the QB. I dont know if our coaches actually watch football.

    And people wonder why there was a little bit of excitement when Arkush made us believe for those 10 minutes that Gruden might be coming back.

  • RaidersAllday_LtsGeTit

    I hope PRYOR GETS HIS CHANCE and tears it up. I mean not for his sake cuz he is a hardworker.. but for the RAIDERS too. Bring some excitment. A young guy working hard proving himself.

    All the greats said they refused to be taken off the field when they got their chance. I hope pryor takes off and forces the raiders not to bench him.

    LEINART? pluhhhese lmao.. gtfoh

  • RaidersAllday_LtsGeTit

    PRYOR shut dem haterz up

  • DJ Johnny

    169.John David Booty Says:
    December 12th, 2012 at 1:59 pm
    Rolando McClain told the head coach of the Oakland Raiders that he has 4 million reasons not to care. Then went on Facebook, for the whole world to see, and stated that he is looking forward to playing with a real team.

    Not even a week later, he’s back on the practice field.

    Cheers, coach Allen. You are truly one of a kind.

    We’re really supposed to believe that Dennis Allen has the respect of this team? OK.

    “These guys are the best”.

  • The_Judge37

    Coaching staff is affraid Pryor will win a game and ruin their run at the #1 seed

  • Relentless

    I knew that fag SloMo was coming back. The Raiders aren’t gonna just waive him. They are gonna attempt to trade him this draft for a low 5th or lower draft pick. He hasn’t made much of a name for himself and our front office staff hasn’t made any solid decesions either. I’m worried about this offseason.

  • The_Judge37

    No team will trade for Slowlando. He’s been in the League long enough for every team and coach to run all over him.

  • DJ Johnny

    193.RaidersAllday_LtsGeTit Says:
    December 12th, 2012 at 2:32 pm
    I hope PRYOR GETS HIS CHANCE and tears it up. I mean not for his sake cuz he is a hardworker.. but for the RAIDERS too. Bring some excitment. A young guy working hard proving himself.

    All the greats said they refused to be taken off the field when they got their chance. I hope pryor takes off and forces the raiders not to bench him.

    LEINART? pluhhhese lmao.. gtfoh

    Their goal this year was to torture and embarrass us as much as humanly possible this yr.

    They have succeeded.

    EXPECT to see Leinart if Palmer were to go down.

    It makes no logical sense. THAT IS WHY it would happen.

    3-10…These guys are the best.

  • nycraider

    I wonder how many NFL owners watched their team go 3-13 or 4-12 and brought back the entire coaching staff and the gm