Raiders Suspending Rolando McClain for Conduct Detrimental to Team

Alex Ballentine@Ballentine_AlexFeatured ColumnistNovember 30, 2012

The Oakland Raiders will not cut Rolando McClain, but Jay Glazer of Fox Sports reports that the team will instead suspend the linebacker.

UPDATE: Friday, November 30 at 11:32 p.m. ET

The Raiders have officially suspended McClain for two games according to Mike Freeman of CBS Sports.

Raiders announce Rolando McClain suspended two games for conduct detrimental.

— mike freeman (@realfreemancbs) November 30, 2012


Omar Gaither is expected to step into the starting role created by McClain's absence.

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Raiders are NOT releasing Rolando McClain, instead however the team has suspended him for conduct detrimental

— Jay Glazer (@JayGlazer) November 30, 2012

Speculation on Wednesday had centered around the Raiders completely cutting ties from the linebacker (h/t ESPN). However, Fox Sports reported on Thursday that McClain had yet to be cut from the team; rather, he was asked to stay away from the team's facilities.

Word of the suspension comes two days after head coach Dennis Allen asked McClain to leave practice due to undisclosed reasons. Allen would not elaborate on the incident, but he did say McClain would face discipline.

There's going to be consequences to his actions and it's a team-related issue... This is something that we've got to make a decision as an organization, and we're going to make sure that we make the right decision.

The Raiders took McClain with the eighth overall selection in the 2010 NFL draft, and the linebacker was a consistent starter on the defense in his first two seasons. With Allen at the helm, McClain has seen his role decline as the season has progressed.

McClain has 6.5 sacks, one forced fumble and one interception in his three seasons with the Raiders.

Fox Sports reports that Omar Gaither will step into McClain's role as the starter if the linebacker's suspension takes effect before Sunday's game against the Browns. Stay tuned to Bleacher Report for the latest updates on this situation as information becomes available.