As the Oakland Raiders prepare for their match-up with the Cleveland Browns Sunday, drama exists between the team and middle linebacker Rolando McClain. McClain did not participate in practice Wednesday and was asked not to come back Thursday. His status with the team is now in jeopardy.
“Really nothing more than we asked him not to come to practice today,” Raiders head coach Dennis Allen said. “There’s going to be consequences for his actions. It’s a team related-issue, and I don’t really want to get into the details of it. But we asked him not to come to practice today.”
Oakland has yet to officially release McClain, but the team's action suggests a move could be imminent. Nfl.com reported that McClain and Allen had a heated exchange Wednesday that resulted in Allen throwing him out of practice. Then McClain took to Facebook to say he was no longer a member of the Raiders.
McClain was drafted with the eighth overall pick by Oakland in the 2010 NFL Draft. He has started 38 games for the Raiders over his three seasons. This year the middle linebacker has 60 tackles, one sack, and one forced fumble. Earlier in the season, McClain was taken off the field in the team's nickel package because of his coverage difficulties.
It would be shocking after all the drama that has played out over the last two days that McClain could get back into the good graces of the organization. Allen was unsure if McClain would be back at practice tomorrow and reiterated his stance that it is a team issue and will be handled in house. He would not confirm what the incident was that led to McClain's absence.
“You know guys, really, I’ve really said what I need to say about this,” Allen said. “We asked Rolando not to come to practice today. We’ll make any decisions that we need to make when that time comes, as an organization. It’s a team issue, we’re going to keep it within the team.”
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