LB McClain suspended for two games

Published: Saturday, Dec. 1, 2012 - 12:00 am | Page 3C
Last Modified: Tuesday, Dec. 4, 2012 - 8:28 am

ALAMEDA – The Raiders suspended linebacker Rolando McClain on Friday for two games for conduct detrimental to the team after sending him home from practice earlier in the week.

Coach Dennis Allen announced the suspension but has not said publicly what McClain did to warrant the punishment other than calling it a team-related issue.

McClain was present at the start of practice Wednesday before being asked to leave amid speculation he would be released. Allen asked McClain to stay home from the facility Thursday, saying there needed to be "consequences to his actions."

He told McClain on Friday that those consequences were a suspension, starting with Sunday's game against Cleveland.

"I'm not going to get into any of the specifics of anything that happened, that went into the decision," Allen said. "That's team-related matters. We're going to keep that within the family."

General manager Reggie McKenzie said more than one incident led to the suspension and McClain might have played his final game as a Raider.

McClain is eligible to return from the reserve/suspended by club list on Dec. 10. He will lose about $114,000 of his $970,000 base salary.

• Four Raiders and one Bengal were fined $26,250 each for fighting in last Sunday's game. Cincinnati tackle Andrew Whitworth and Oakland defensive linemen Desmond Bryant, Lamarr Houston, Tommy Kelly and Matt Shaughnessy drew the fines.

NFL fines – Washington Redskins cornerback DeAngelo Hall drew two fines that totaled $35,750. He was docked $20,000 for a horse-collar tackle and $15,750 for a late hit against Dallas.

Fined $21,000 were Panthers running back Mike Tolbert for a blindside block on a kickoff against Philadelphia and Packers safety Jerron McMillian for helmet-to-helmet contact with defenseless New York Giants tight end Martellus Bennett.

Hall of Fame – First-time candidates John Lynch, Michael Strahan and Jonathan Ogden were among 27 semifinalists for the Pro Football Hall of Fame's 2013 class announced Friday.

Other first-year eligible players are Morten Andersen, Larry Allen and Warren Sapp.

Steelers – For the third consecutive game, the Steelers will be without star quarterback Ben Roethlisberger (shoulder, rib).

However, the Steelers likely will have safety Troy Polamalu and wide receiver Antonio Brown back.

Eagles – Rookies Nick Foles and Bryce Brown will start again Sunday night at Dallas because Michael Vick and LeSean McCoy, respectively, are still sidelined by concussions.

Vick, the four-time Pro Bowl quarterback, will miss his third straight game and McCoy, an All-Pro running back, his second in a row.

Jets – Tim Tebow was listed as questionable for Sunday's game against Arizona because of two broken ribs.

Bounty scandal – Linebacker Jonathan Vilma and defensive end Will Smith sat and watched for almost four hours while their lawyers cross-examined their for- mer defensive coordinator, Gregg Williams, during a hearing that is part of the players' latest appeals of their punishments.

"We got to hear what Gregg had to say," Smith said afterward. "We wanted to make sure we were there just to hear him out."

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