McClain Reinstated, Bartell Waived and Other AFC West News

Christopher Hansen@ChrisHansenNFLNFL AnalystDecember 10, 2012

OAKLAND, CA - NOVEMBER 18: Lance Moore #16 of the New Orleans Saints catches a touchdown while defended by Ron Bartell #21 of the Oakland Raiders at Coliseum on November 18, 2012 in Oakland, California.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
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The Oakland Raiders are a team in transition. The team and the fans hoped it would be a moderately successful transition year, as Reggie McKenzie brought in several veteran players until he could bring in young talent through the draft.

That transition has turned into a full-blown rebuild because of Oakland’s poor play this season. McKenzie started to part ways with veteran players like Aaron Curry at positions where he has young players who need the experience.

That transition will continue, as the Raiders announced on Monday that they will waive veteran cornerback Ron Bartell and fullback Owen Schmitt. Phillip Adams has played well in a limited role, and he would be the clear beneficiary of Bartell’s release, while the recently signed Jamize Olawale could see snaps with Schmitt’s release.

Adams would get three games to prove himself to McKenzie and Allen that he is starting material going forward. The Raiders elevated Chimdi Chekwa from the practice squad to back up Adams and Michael Huff and also reinstated linebacker Rolando McClain.

McClain being reinstated means that he will remain on the 53-man roster for the time being, but he will have to speak with head coach Dennis Allen about his role, according to a tweet by Jerry McDonald of the Contra Costa Times. McClain was suspended by the team for two games for conduct detrimental to the team, and the Raiders had to either clear a roster spot or waive Rolando McClain on Monday.

It’s a curious move to bring McClain back after his suspension, but after meeting with Allen, he could still be released. Until then, it remains unnecessary drama for a bad team with very little to gain from McClain remaining on the roster.

The fans have already turned mostly against McClain, and it is extremely rare to find a player turn things around and become a good player and team leader after a team suspension.

More AFC West news…



Allen is looking at the long-term future of the Raiders, according to McDonald.

Tom Fitzgerald of the San Francisco Chronicle says it’s about time Terrelle Pryor sees some game action.  



The Broncos are targeting the No. 2 seed, according to Mike Klis of the Denver Post.

The Ravens hope to have Ray Lewis back in the lineup against the Broncos on Monday, according to Jeff Legwold of the Denver Post.

The Broncos' opponent in Week 15 is the Ravens, who announced on Monday that their offensive coordinator Cam Cameron would be replaced by Jim Caldwell.


San Diego

Sunday’s victory defines the season and the Norv Turner era, according to Kevin Acee of U-T San Diego.

Danario Alexander and Micheal Spurlock have been productive replacements for the disappointing offseason signings of Robert Meachem and Eddie Royal, according to Michael Gehlken of U-T San Diego.


Kansas City

The Chiefs went right back to role as the NFL’s worst team on Sunday, according to Sam Mellinger of the Kansas City Star.

Part of the reason was that the Chiefs fell apart after Dwayne Bowe left the game with an injury, according to Adam Teicher of the Kansas City Star.