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Schefter: McClain cleared in criminal case

ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports misdemeanor assault charges against Oakland middle linebacker Rolando McClain have been dropped in Alabama.

Thus, Schefter reports, McClain will not serve any jail time nor will he face an NFL suspension. The issue stemmed from an incident in his hometown last fall when McClain was accused of shooting a gun near a man’s head during a fight. McClain was originally sentenced to 180 days in jail.

McClain, the No. 8 overall pick in the 2010 draft, has been a disappointment on the field. He has lost some playing time this season. If the Raiders get a chance to draft Notre Dame middle linebacker Manti Te'o, they’d very likely seriously consider it.

In other AFC West news:

  • As expected, the Broncos activated linebacker D.J. Williams to the 53-man roster. His nine-game NFL suspension ended last week. He will likely be a substitute Sunday in some packages.

  • The Chiefs put tight end Jake O’Connell on injured reserve and promoted offensive lineman Rich Ranglin from the practice squad.

  • The Tailgate 32 group has video of its trip to Denver.

  • Chiefs center Ryan Lilja is out Sunday against the Bengals with a knee problem. Guard Jon Asamoah is also out (thumb).