|McClain, arrested Wednesday, could play in Miami Sunday. (Getty Images)|
Posted by Ryan Wilson
UPDATE, 12:30 p.m. ET: According to CBSSports.com Rapid Reporter Eric Gilmore, McClain is dressed and could start. "LB Rolando McClain was on the field with the first-team defense in pregame drills. McClain was arrested Thursday on four misdemeanor charges stemming from an incident with a gun. There was some question whether he’d be active."
Despite an ankle injury, Raiders linebacker Rolando McClain has been busy this week and for all the wrong reasons. On Wednesday, McClain, in his hometown of Decatur, Alabama, was arrested and charged with assault and discharging a gun.
The alleged victim told police that McClain stood over him, put a gun to his head, and as the victim begged for his life, McClain allegedly fired a shot next to the victim’s ear.
McClain's prior injury plus the mid-week off-field incident may not be enough to keep him out of the lineup Sunday when the Raiders face the the Dolphins in Miami. A league source tells ProFootballTalk.com that McClain could play.
"Fueling that belief is the reality that the Raiders’ preliminary investigation has uncovered information that contradicts the allegations against McClain," PFT.com's Mike Florio wrote Sunday morning. "Although Jackson has expressed frustration with McClain and indicated that McClain was 'remorseful' when the player and the coach met on Saturday, those feelings relate to the fact that McClain allowed himself to be in a situation that gave rise to the allegations. With the team determining that, for now, the allegations are not substantiated, the team may not be inclined to take action against McClain."
The Raiders currently hold a tenuous one-game lead over the Broncos in the AFC West, and that almost certainly has some bearing on Jackson's decision. If Oakland were, say, 2-9, there would be less incentive to get McClain on the field.
But it's not like the Raiders are the only team to face such decisions; it happens almost every week. Ultimately, the league will get involved and they have a history of punishing players even when the U.S. legal system does not.
Because that's how Roger Goodell rolls.
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