FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- Raiders middle linebacker Rolando McClain arrived at the team hotel here in south Florida Friday, a day after his arrest on a variety of misdemeanor charges, including one for discharging a firearm in his hometown of Decatur, Ala.
He spoke exclusively to Comcast SportsNet, following the turbulent events of the past 72 hours.
McClain was awaiting the arrival of his Oakland teammates at the official Raiders hotel and politely declined an interview, saying, "I've been advised to not say anything. Best thing I can do is just stay quiet and get ready for the game."
Asked by CSNCalifornia.com if he still planned on playing Sunday against the Dolphins, McClain nodded his head affirmatively.
"No reason why I shouldn't," he said, before getting into an elevator.
McClain was listed on the Raiders' injury report Friday as questionable with a left ankle sprain.
Raiders coach Hue Jackson indicated earlier in the day that he was "disturbed" by McClain's arrest but did not rule out McClain taking the field in Miami.
Thursday the former first-round pick was arrested and charged with discharging a firearm within city limits, third degree assault, menacing, and reckless endangerment after an incident Wednesday night in his Alabama hometown.
In his first public appearance since his arrest, McClain was wearing sweatpants and a baggy sweatshirt, and an all-black, throwback-style California Angels cap.
He was listening to music, but removed one of the earbuds when approached by a reporter for a brief exchange.
McClain was alone at the time.
McClain, 22, is heading for a meeting with Jackson soon. Jackson indicated Friday after practice that he planned on a face-to-face discussion soon with the former University of Alabama standout.
"The league's going to do what they're going to do, and I respect that," Jackson said earlier in the day. "But this isn't right now about the league. This is about the Raiders and this organization and coach Jackson and this football team. We'll deal with it accordingly when that time comes. Again, until I have an opportunity to sit down with the player face to face, will I finalize my determination."
McClain has 57 tackles, second-most on the team, and two sacks. If McClain is suspended by the team or hampered by the lingering ankle injury, Oakland's backup middle linebacker is former UFL player Darryl Blackstock.
The Raiders also could move Aaron Curry from the weak side into the middle.
McClain is scheduled for arraignment Jan. 24 on the fourmisdemeanor charges. He could face six months to a year in jail ifconvicted.