Raiders Blog and Q&A

News, observations and reader questions about the Oakland Raiders

September 19, 2012
McClain held out of practice with concussion

ALAMEDA -- The Raiders held starting middle linebacker Rolando McClain out of practice today with a concussion. McClain will have to be medically cleared under league protocol to return, calling into question his availability for the Raiders' game Sunday against the Pittsburgh Steelers. Head coach Dennis Allen said the Raiders suspected McClain might be concussed after Sunday's game at Miami.

"It was something we thought might have been the case after the game, but it didn't seem like it was a major one," Allen said. "Seemed like a minor deal and so it's kind of a precautionary deal that we're going through the whole process to make sure he's fine."

McClain, who played the entirety of the Raiders' 35-13 loss to the Dolphins, said he felt funny during the game but couldn't pinpoint the play on which he was injured.

"It was more in the game where I felt like, well, dang, I don't feel like myself," McClain said. "It's one of the more scary injuries. With an ankle, you know what's wrong. But when it's in your head, you don't know."

McClain said this is his first concussion. Asked if he believes he'll be available Sunday, he answered: "That's the plan. Obviously you don't want to rush anything with the head, but it is what it is. I'm just doing whatever it is I can do to get back. We'll see."

Long snapper Jon Condo sustained a concussion in the Raiders' season opener last Monday night and was cleared to play this past Sunday against the Dolphins.

* Cornerback Shawntae Spencer (foot), right tackle Khalif Barnes (groin) and cornerback Coye Francies (concussion) did not practice today. Allen said the Raiders "still really don't have an answer" as to how long Spencer will be out, though the cornerback was making his way through the locker room still on crutches after practice.

Allen said Spencer underwent an MRI, but, "As far as I know, it's a sprained foot." With Spencer out, safety Michael Huff took some reps at cornerback in practice, something Allen said will likely continue throughout the week. Newly arrived corner Brandian Ross, whom the Raiders signed from the Green Bay Packers' practice squad, was at practice and is trying to get up to speed with the Raiders' defense.

* The rest of the Raiders' injury report: offensive lineman Alex Parsons (shoulder), running back Taiwan Jones (ribs), tight end David Ausberry (shoulder), kicker Sebastian Janikowski (left groin) and defensive tackle Richard Seymour (knee) were limited in practice. Receiver Juron Criner (ankle) was a full participant.

For the Steelers, safety Troy Polamalu (calf) and linebacker James Harrison (knee) were among the players held out of practice today. Also not practicing were running back Jonathan Dwyer (toe), tackle Marcus Gilbert (groin), tight end Heath Miller (abdomen), receiver Emmanuel Sanders (knee) and receiver Mike Wallace (groin). Tackle Mike Adams (back) and linebacker Stevenson Sylvester (knee) were both limited. Running back Rashard Mendenhall (knee) participated fully.

-- Matt Kawahara

About Comments

Reader comments on are the opinions of the writer, not The Sacramento Bee. If you see an objectionable comment, click the "report abuse" button below it. We will delete comments containing inappropriate links, obscenities, hate speech, and personal attacks. Flagrant or repeat violators will be banned. See more about comments here.

What You Should Know About Comments on is happy to provide a forum for reader interaction, discussion, feedback and reaction to our stories. However, we reserve the right to delete inappropriate comments or ban users who can't play nice. (See our full terms of service here.)

Here are some rules of the road:

• Keep your comments civil. Don't insult one another or the subjects of our articles. If you think a comment violates our guidelines click the "report abuse" button to notify the moderators. Responding to the comment will only encourage bad behavior.

• Don't use profanities, vulgarities or hate speech. This is a general interest news site. Sometimes, there are children present. Don't say anything in a way you wouldn't want your own child to hear.

• Do not attack other users; focus your comments on issues, not individuals.

• Stay on topic. Only post comments relevant to the article at hand. If you want to discuss an issue with a specific user, click on his profile name and send him a direct message.

• Do not copy and paste outside material into the comment box.

• Don't repeat the same comment over and over. We heard you the first time.

• Do not use the commenting system for advertising. That's spam and it isn't allowed.

• Don't use all capital letters. That's akin to yelling and not appreciated by the audience.

You should also know that The Sacramento Bee does not screen comments before they are posted. You are more likely to see inappropriate comments before our staff does, so we ask that you click the "report abuse" button to submit those comments for moderator review. You also may notify us via email at Note the headline on which the comment is made and tell us the profile name of the user who made the comment. Remember, comment moderation is subjective. You may find some material objectionable that we won't and vice versa.

If you submit a comment, the user name of your account will appear along with it. Users cannot remove their own comments once they have submitted them, but you may ask our staff to retract one of your comments by sending an email to Again, make sure you note the headline on which the comment is made and tell us your profile name.

hide comments

On October 14, The Sacramento Bee will temporarily remove commenting from While we design the upgrade, we encourage you to tell us what you like and don't like about commenting on and other websites. We've heard from hundreds of you already and we're listening. Please continue to add your thoughts and questions here. We also encourage you to write Letters to the Editor on this and other topics.

About Raiders Blog and Q&A

Matt Kawahara was born in Sacramento and attended McClatchy High School and UC Berkeley, where he wrote for the independent student paper The Daily Californian. He graduated from Cal in 2010 and started at The Sacramento Bee as a summer intern. He joined The Bee's sports staff in fall 2011.

Raiders stories on

October 2013

Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat
    1 2 3 4 5
6 7 8 9 10 11 12
13 14 15 16 17 18 19
20 21 22 23 24 25 26
27 28 29 30 31