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Thursday, March 13, 2014
Rolando McClain unsure about return

By Jamison Hensley
ESPN.com

Retired linebacker Rolando McClain was noncommittal Wednesday on whether he plans to return to the NFL for the coming season.

"Football is football," McClain told reporters at Alabama's pro day in Tuscaloosa. "Right now, I don't have any plans."

On Monday, the Carroll County Times reported that McClain has been working out and spreading the word that he plans to play in 2014. McClain, the No. 8 overall pick in the 2010 draft by the Oakland Raiders, announced his retirement 10 months ago, stating he wanted "to focus on getting my personal life together."

He re-enrolled at Alabama and told reporters that he needs two summer classes to complete his degree.

Asked whether the NFL is in his future, McClain said, "I'm not going to wait for the door to be closed. Right now, I think it's still open. I've still got some things to get in order before I make that decision."

The Raiders released McClain last April 5 after a series of off-field issues, including a shooting incident in December 2011 that led to McClain being charged with four misdemeanors. The charges were later dropped after he and the victim reached a financial settlement.

McClain signed with the Ravens five days after being released by Oakland but retired before attending even one practice. The Ravens still retain the rights for the 24-year-old former Alabama standout. In 41 games over three seasons with the Raiders, McClain had 246 tackles and 6.5 sacks.