Thursday, December 13, 2012
Rolando McClain's fall from grace continues
By Bill Williamson
How far has middle linebacker Rolando McClain fallen in Oakland?
He was playing running back at the goal line on the scout team Thursday, according to the San Francisco Chronicle.
Holy first-round bust.
Scout team players are usually practice squad players or way bottom-of-the-roster players. They often play positions that are not their own. This is what McClain has become.
I know a lot of Raiders’ fans were upset that McClain was kept on the roster this week after his two-week team suspension for conduct detrimental to the team. McClain, the No. 8 overall pick in the 2010 draft, has not been good on the field and he has been bad off the field. Wednesday, Oakland coach Dennis Allen said McClain would be a backup at middle linebacker and he’d play special teams.
But relegating him to a scout team offensive player takes this to a new level. The Raiders clearly are letting McClain and his teammates know how they feel about him. Instead of cutting him and giving him a chance to latch on with a playoff team for the stretch run, McClain is being put in his place.
It seems the punishment continues.
In other Oakland news:
- Allen said defensive tackle Richard Seymour suffered an aggravation of a hamstring injury that has kept him out of the past five games. Seymour may miss yet another game. With just three games remaining, you have to wonder if the pending free agent has played his last game as a Raider.
- Oakland safety Tyvon Branch continued to be out Thursday with a neck injury.
- The Raiders have received an extension to try to avoid a blackout Sunday against the Chiefs.
- The Raiders have suffered 10 concussions this season, which leads the NFL. According to this report, there have been 132 concussions in the NFL this season.