The Raiders had a familiar face at practice on Wednesday with linebacker Rolando McClain back after serving his team-imposed two-game suspension. I’m sure his presence was about as awkward as having class with a kid the first day back after he cussed out the teacher and then walked out in the middle of a lecture.
McClain was reinstated to the roster on Monday but wasn’t allowed to return to the team until he had a sit down with head coach Dennis Allen. McClain’s return implies that he already had that chat with Allen and that it went well enough that Allen didn’t send his ass packing a la the 49ers with Brandon Jacobs.
Allen said he met with McClain this morning and “laid out my expectations. We are moving on.” … and he would not discuss if Rolando apologized to him for his series of transgressions. General manager Reggie McKenzie had said 10 days ago that McClain had not been apologetic.
“We won’t allow this to be a distraction,” Allen said. As far as the players’ reaction to McClain’s since-deleted Facebook postings, Allen said “our guys are professionals.”
Allen: “Things get said in the heat of the moment and we move on.”
I asked Allen why Oakland cut cornerbacks Pat Lee and Ron Bartell for playing poorly and not McClain. He said there were “different circumstances,” and wouldn’t elaborate.
McClain will be active for this Sunday’s contest with the Chiefs but will only play special teams and be a reserve on defense.