By Steve Corkran
Sunday, December 16th, 2012 at 12:01 pm in Oakland Raiders.
Defensive end Jack Crawford, defensive tackle Richard Seymour, running back Jeremy Stewart, wide receiver Derek Hagan, offensive tackle Willie Smith, guard Lucas Nix and linebacker Rolando McClain are the players not active for the Raiders game today against the Kansas City Chiefs.
The fact that McClain isn’t active portends him being deactivated for the final two games, as well, and brings about the prospect of him having played his last game in a Raiders uniform.
McClain just returned from a two-game suspension for conduct detrimental to the team. Coach Dennis Allen said McClain had been informed that he was demoted to a backup spot on defense and assigned a role on special teams.
In other words, the Raiders have seen enough of McClain, at least for this season.
Veteran Omar Gaither will start in McClain’s middle linebacker spot for the third straight game.
It’s likely that the Raiders are keeping around McClain so that they can attempt to trade him in the offseason. Teams aren’t permitted to engineer trades again until well after the Super Bowl.