Rolando McClain suspended, not released by Raiders

Ezra Shaw

The former first-round draft pick has been held out of practice since Tuesday.

Despite being widely reported Thursday, Oakland Raiders linebacker Rolando McClain will not be released by the team and instead has been suspended for detrimental conduct, according to Jay Glazer of FoxSports.com.

McClain, the No. 8 overall pick in the 2010 NFL Draft, has been held out of Raiders practices since Tuesday after he went on a Facebook tirade in which he said he wanted to play for a "real team," and posted, "Officially no longer an Oakland Raider!!"

McClain has since deleted the posts, and the claims he made were denied by the organization.

The 23-year-old former star at Alabama has recorded 60 tackles, one sack and one forced fumble this season. Last year, his second in the NFL, McClain posted 99 tackles and five sacks and defended 14 passes.

His on-field production, though, hasn't been worth off-field issues. Despite still being on the roster, it doesn't appear as if McClain will ever suit up for the Raiders again. As Silver and Black Pride notes, though, a suspension is a good move because it prevents McClain from playing elsewhere and that it does allow the team to trade him in the future -- if there are any takers.

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