ALAMEDA -- Raiders middle linebacker Rolando McClain rolled an ankle in the season opener Monday night and sat out practice on Wednesday.But is it bad enough to keep him from playing Sunday in Miami?"We shall see," McClain told reporters Wednesday. "We'll see. It's not as bad as last year, but we'll see."McClain underwent stem-cell treatments on his ankle and knee this offseason to help with pain and seemed to respond to it.The Raiders' return trip to South Florida hearkens memories of last year's game there, when McClain was arrested in Alabama the week of the game for firing a gun near a man's head and was allowed to play by then-coach Hue Jackson. McClain was later convicted of third-degree assault, menacing, discharging a handgun in city limits and reckless endangerment, though his 180-day sentence is under appeal.The Raiders were riding high at 7-4 at the time but were thumped by the Dolphins, 34-14, and finished 8-8.Now, the Raiders will be playing in the heat and humidity of September in South Florida."I was born and raised in the south, so Im used to the heat," McClain said."Tennessee my first year was like being at home. Then we played Miami last year, and it felt like home to me. Its just hot. Its not like you died or anything. Its just a little sun. Drink some water, youll be fine."
Raiders quarterback Derek Carr has 247,000 Twitter followers and, given his popularity in the Bay Area, it’s assumed a significant portion stems from this region.
Carr put that megaphone to good use.
Oakland Police sent out an Amber Alert on Saturday hoping to find a young boy gone missing, and Carr retweeted that call for public assistance.
The boy was quickly found after a citizen replied on Twitter and provided information that led to the rescue.
That led an Oakland police officer to credit Carr for helping find the boy.
Carr responded to the news on social media, happy police were able to find a missing child.
@OPDChris great news! Thank you for letting me know they are safe! God bless y'all!— Derek Carr (@derekcarrqb) January 15, 2017
Injury issues bookended Karl Joseph’s rookie year. The Raiders brought their first-round strong safety along slowly while recovering from ACL surgery, keeping him out of defensive action during 2016’s first two games. He missed four at regular-season’s end with a toe injury.
In the middle he played just fine. Joseph was solid against the run and impactful playing deep, allowing him and veteran Reggie Nelson to remain unpredictable in deep coverage.
Joseph finished the year with 60 tackles, an interception and six passes defensed.
That was good enough for recognition on the Pro Football Writers of America’s All-Rookie team, which was released on Tuesday following a vote of the association’s membership.
Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott and Los Angeles Chargers defensive end Joey Bosa were the offensive and defensive Rookies of the Year, respectively.