Oakland Raiders linebacker Rolando McClain returned to practice Wednesday after serving a two-game suspension for conduct detrimental to the team.
The 3-10 Raiders continue to make roster cuts to players who aren’t performing as the front office expected. This week featured the release of cornerback Ron Bartell and the reinstatement of disgrunted linebacker Rolando McClain. There is also speculation that long-time punter Shane Lechler will not return next season given his advanced age and high salary.
Running backs Darren McFadden and Mike Goodson finally returned to practice after missing three games with high ankle sprains. They won’t see teammate Rolando McClain who has been suspended without pay for two games for conduct detrimental to the team. The Browns have various injuries but their key players should all be active this Sunday.
Troubled linebacker Rolando McClain was absent from practice Wednesday for “team related issues.” McClain has been a major disappointment and has seen his playing time drastically reduced since the first month of the season. Running backs Darren McFadden and Mike Goodson returned to practice for the first time in nearly a month.
Rolando McClain is a highly-paid linebacker for the Oakland Raiders. After a promising rookie season where he made the highlight reels for his body slam of St. Louis Rams receiver Danny Amendola, McClain made news for his off field problems, most notably in 2011 for allegedly threatening to kill a man and firing a gun next to his head.
The Raiders have 16 players in the injury list while the Bucs have only four. But Tampa Bay is missing left guard Carl Nicks who is a big part of the Bucs offense. Can the Raiders defense exploit his absence?
Rolando McClain arrived in Oakland two years ago expected to be the impact middle linebacker who could transform a Raiders defense that had struggled for years to stop the run.
The Raiders are experimenting with new personnel at cornerback given their injuries to starters Ron Bartell and Shawntae Spencer. They are also trying to implement changes because their first two games have exposed gaping holes on both offense and defense
Rolando McClain is working on making himself more of a vocal presence around the Oakland Raiders defense. What the Raiders really need is for their former first-round pick to be a more physical presence on the field in his third season in the NFL.
With a competitive division and the potential for improvement, let’s take a look at three key players that need to take that next step in 2012 to help this Raiders team succeed.