Linebacker Rolando McClain is still a member of the Oakland Raiders, although he may not be playing another game for the team.
Coach Dennis Allen addressed McClain’s absence because of “team-related issues,” which reportedly began after a heated conversation with the head coach on the practice field on Wednesday. Allen said that McClain has not been suspended, but McClain has been asked to remain away from the team because “there’s going to be consequences to his actions.”
Allen wouldn’t say what comes next for the team and McClain. They could still try to suspend him suspend him without pay for conduct detrimental to the team or they could simply wipe their hands of him. That option might be giving McClain exactly what he wants and the Raiders would be stuck paying more than $285,000 for the rest of the season, but that might not be as big a concern for the Raiders as getting rid of a player with no future in the organization.
“We’ve got to make a decision as an organization. We’re going to make sure we make the right decision,” Allen said, via CBSSports.com.
If the Raiders don’t cut ties with McClain now, it shouldn’t be too long after the season ends that they do cut him loose.