Raiders notebook: McClain misses another practice

Raiders notebook: McClain misses another practice

Dec. 3, 2010
GUTIERREZ ARCHIVERAIDERS PAGE RAIDERS VIDEOPaul Gutierrez
CSNCalifornia.com

ALAMEDA -- Rookie Rolando McClain's ailing left foot took a turn for the worse Friday morning as the middle linebacker missed his second consecutive day of practice.

Raiders coach Tom Cable said McClain, 22, has arthritis in his foot and he is listed as "questionable" for Sunday's game at San Diego. If McClain cannot play, fifth-year veteran Ricky Brown will start in his place.

"He was better last night, but worse this morning," Cable said of McClain. "So it will be day-to-day and we'll probably wait until Sunday morning."

RELATED: Rolando McClain stats

McClain, the No. 8 overall draft pick out of Alabama in April, has 57 tackles, the third-highest mark on the team, with half of one sack and an interception. He has started every game thus far this season.

And while he may not be the instant play-making disruptive force so many imagined, he is an important cog of the Raiders defense.

"He's gotten better, I think, as the year went on," said cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha. "In training camp, we knew that he was going to be a good player and a guy that we could put a lot on. Throughout the games, I've noticed from him that he's got a lot of confidence.

"If there is something that the coaches might be hesitant in calling, or a certain play because it puts him in a tough spot, he always tells them, 'No, I can take care of it.'"

"So he shows that maturity on the field - 'I'm not a frightened rookie. I can make plays.'"

Asomugha said his sore right ankle, sprained on Halloween, has improved and he has no doubt he'll play against the Chargers.

Receiver Chaz Schilens (knee) practiced limited for the third day in a row -- a feat he has not accomplished since late last season, by all accounts -- and he is a gametime decision, according to Cable.

"We"re getting more and more work each day with no setbacks, so that's a positive," Cable said of Schilens, who has yet to play this season. "You definitely have to take (Schilens) day-to-day.

"The limited amount of work he's working, he's at full speed."

Schilens declined to speak to reporters following practice.

Cable re-affirmed that Jason Campbell is the starting quarterback. The coach was asked, with Bruce Gradkowski done for the season on IR if he would hesitate to pull Campbell in favor of Kyle Boller against the Chargers.

"Well, Kyle will be the back-up quarterback," Cable said, "and he's ready to go if needed."

Not exactly a ringing endorsement of Campbell, no?

Cable also would not commit to Darrius Heyward-Bey starting at receiver, even as he is healthy.

"I don't know that," Cable said. "We'll get to all that as we know the health (of the rest of the team) there."

Cable, when asked if the Raiders can beat the Chargers without running the ball effectively: "No."

The Raiders injury report - practiced limited and questionable: WR Chaz Schilens (knee), TE Zach Miller (leg), DT Richard Seymour (knee), CB Nnamdi Asomugha (ankle), SS Tyvon Branch (shoulder).

Did not practice and questionable: MLB Rolando McClain (foot).

Did not practice and doubtful: CB Chris Johnson.

Oakland stadium authority director doesn't want Raiders in 2019

Oakland stadium authority director doesn't want Raiders in 2019

PHOENIX – The Raiders hope to play the next three years in the Bay Area before moving to Las Vegas. They were approved to relocate on Monday at the NFL owners meetings, but can’t leave right away because Las Vegas doesn’t have a suitable temporary NFL venue.

The Raiders have team options on one-year leases to play at Oakland Coliseum during the 2017 and 2018 seasons, and are expected to do exactly that. Owner Mark Davis said he’s open to negotiating a lease to play the 2019 season there as well before moving into new Vegas digs in 2020.

The Oakland Coliseum authority may not grant that request.

"I would say to you with the highest level of confidence, my opinion and recommendation and that of my board members, I don’t believe there is any appetite for a third season (in Oakland),” director of the Oakland Coliseum joint powers authority Scott McKibben told USA Today.

McKibben said hosting a Raiders game is a financial loss for the JPA.

If the Raiders can’t reach an agreement to play at the Oakland Coliseum in 2019, they have other options in the Bay Area, though none is ideal. They could play at Cal’s Memorial Stadium or use Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara as a last resort in the Bay Area, sources told CSN California reporter Scott Bair.

They could renovate UNLV’s Sam Boyd Stadium – locker room and security upgrades are mandatory – though the Raiders would prefer to avoid that route.

Raiders HC Jack Del Rio believes he could help Aldon Smith

Raiders HC Jack Del Rio believes he could help Aldon Smith

PHOENIX – Raiders edge rusher Aldon Smith has been banished from the NFL for over 16 months now as a repeat offender of the league’s substance abuse policy.

Commissioner Roger Goodell hasn’t ruled on Smith’s reinstatement application and it’s hard to imagine movement coming soon on that front after a pair of recent run-ins with the law.

He was reportedly involved in a domestic incident and was questioned by San Francisco police last month. Then he was a passenger in a vehicle that hit an unmarked police car on March 10, an incident where the driver was arrested on suspicion of DUI. Smith seemed out of sorts when interviewed by media after emerging from a San Francisco police station.

Smith’s banishment states he can’t have contact with Raiders personnel outside the director of player engagement, a stipulation head coach Jack Del Rio has criticized in the past.

He did so again Tuesday at the NFL owners meetings, saying it’s unfortunate the organization can’t support Smith during difficult times.

“It’s a little bit frustrating to not be able to be a part of the process,” Del Rio said. “My feel is that I could help him, but the experts know. The experts don’t allow that. We have to follow the rules.

“It does get frustrating to not be able to help a young man and provide support and provide structure. Somebody else has to make those decisions. It’s just out of my hands.”

The Raiders can’t petition for greater involvement, and are therefore in a wait-and-see mode regarding their troubled, yet talented player.

“He has to get himself together,” general manager Reggie McKenzie said. “(Smith’s status) is totally on the league office. They know more than what we know.”