Linebacker Rolando McClain was suspended by the Raiders on Nov. 30 for two games for conduct detrimental to the team after reportedly being sent home from practice earlier in the week.
Raiders coach Dennis Allen announced the suspension but has not said publicly what McClain did to warrant the suspension other than calling it a team-related issue.
McClain, right, reportedly got into a ``heated exchange’’ with Allen at practice Nov. 28 and was dismissed from practice. McClain was later critical of the organization on his Facebook page and was looking forward to moving on, although the posts were later taken down.
"You cannot do what he did and call yourself a leader _ period,’’ general manager Reggie McKenzie told reporters Nov. 30. "What to do post-suspension, we’ll let that play out."
Allen on Nov. 30 informed McClain of his two-game suspension, starting Dec. 2 against visiting Cleveland.
"I'm not going to get into any of the specifics of anything that happened, that went into the decision," Allen told reporters Nov. 30. "That's team-related matters. We're going to keep that within the family."
Allen said he discussed the decision with McKenzie but made the move himself. McKenzie told reporters there was more than one incident that led to the suspension and it was possible that McClain had played his final game as a Raider.
"It's going to be on him. I don't feel the need to approach him. So far, he is not apologetic," McKenzie said. "We wouldn't suspend him unless it was something major, including all that stuff off the field and on the field and all that. I think a two-game suspension pretty much says it's an issue."
McClain is eligible to return from the reserve/suspended by club list on Dec. 10. The Raiders can add a player to the 53-man roster until then. McClain reportedly will lose about $114,000 of his $970,000 base salary.
McClain was the eighth overall pick in the 2010 NFL draft after helping Alabama win a national championship. He has struggled in his NFL career and has had his playing time reduced in recent weeks.
In 41 career games with Oakland, McClain has 6½ sacks, one interception, one forced fumble and no fumble recoveries.
After being an every-down player for the first two seasons with the Raiders, McClain was demoted after the first month of this season. He was replaced by rookie Miles Burris in nickel packages because of McClain's struggles in pass coverage and because the coaching staff believed he tired too easily playing every down. He has gone from playing more than 90 percent of defensive snaps to just over half the past seven games.
McClain also had problems off the field. He was involved in a shooting in Alabama in November 2011 when he left the team briefly during the season to attend a family funeral. McClain had been convicted of four misdemeanors in May but he appealed and the charges were recently dropped when the accuser told prosecutors he no longer wanted to pursue the case.
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