Rolando McClain returns, will remain with Oakland Raiders

AP File PhotoNew role: Linebacker Rolando McClain lost his starting job

Raiders linebacker Rolando McClain met with coach Dennis Allen before returning to practice Wednesday after serving a two-game suspension for conduct detrimental to the team.

Allen would not discuss details of the meeting but said McClain would remain on the roster in a backup role after starting nine games this year before his suspension.

“I laid out exactly what the expectations are for him moving forward,” Allen said. “Really, that’s about it. We’re moving on from there. Rolando’s part of this team and we’re going to move on.”

McClain had not been at the team’s facilities since Nov. 28 when he was kicked out of practice following an argument with Allen. McClain was told not to return to practice and was suspended two days later.

That McClain is back with the Raiders is somewhat surprising considering he posted several comments on Facebook criticizing the team after he was sent home from practice. Those comments were later removed.

“Things get said in the heat of the moment,” Allen said. “We’ve gotta move on.”

Whether McClain has moved on is unknown.

The eighth overall pick in 2010, who posted that he was “mentally done” and “just waiting on my papers” after being sent home, did not appear in the Raiders locker room during the 45-minute media access period and did not issue a statement.

He practiced with Oakland’s second-team defense Wednesday while Omar Gaither, who started at middle linebacker in place of McClain the past two weeks, continued to work with the starters.

Although neither McClain nor the Raiders have said publicly what the dispute between the two men was about, Allen acknowledged the linebacker was told before the suspension that he had lost his starting job on defense.

McClain was reinstated to Oakland’s roster Monday but was unable to meet with Allen because the coach was in Texas to attend his father’s funeral.

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