Another NFL calendar day has passed and another Oakland Raiders’ practice has passed and Rolando McClain is still not with the team.
Yet, he is still a member of the team.
Oakland coach Dennis Allen didn’t clear much up Thursday after practice when McClain was away from the team for a second straight day because of a team-related issues. CBS Sports reported that Allen and McClain had a heated argument on the practice field on Wednesday and McClain was kicked off the field. Other reports suggested the conversation was not heated.
Allen suggested Thursday that some kind of conclusion is near. He told reporters this: "We've got to make a decision as an organization. We're going to make sure we make the right decision.”
He also said this: “There’s going to be consequences to his actions.”
McClain will likely be cut or suspended. ESPN’s John Clayton reported McClain was told he was going to be cut, but perhaps the team has changed its mind. A final decision has not been made, but it needs to be made. The Oakland brass has to come to a decision and move on for the benefit of everyone involved.
McClain was the No. 8 pick in the 2010 draft. He was been a disappointment on the field.
Meanwhile, Oakland quarterback Carson Palmer was limited in practice Thursday, but the team is confident he will play Sunday against Cleveland.
Running back Darren McFadden practiced on a limited basis again Thursday after missing three games with an ankle sprain. Fullback Marcel Reece, according to Allen, will get a lot of action at tailback Sunday as McFadden eases into action. Reece has 400 yards from scrimmage in the past three games, which is the third highest amount in the NFL in the time span.
Defensive tackle Richard Seymour (knee/hamstring) continued to be out. He has missed the past three games.