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McClain's arrest -- Raiders' depth chart

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McClain's arrest -- Raiders' depth chart

First things first -- it is not clear whether Rolando McClain will face a suspension for his role in a shooting incident that resulted in him being arrested and charged with third-degree assault, menacing, reckless endangerment and discharging a firearm in city limits.But if precedent serves -- think the New York Giants suspending Plaxico Burress for four games -- and if the disturbing police report is correct that Wednesday McClain fired a shot past the ear of a beaten and prone man in Decatur, Ala., the Raiders will slap their middle linebacker with a suspension. It could be a season-turner for a team which has seemingly turned a corner in sitting in first place in the AFC West at 7-4.RELATED: McClain arrested for firing gun, assault, two other chargesBecause while McClain has been anything but the defensive game-changer the Raiders envisioned when they drafted him with the No. 8 overall pick in 2010, it's painfully obvious when he's not on the field. The performance gap has been evident on several occasions this season as he's battled a badly sprained left ankle that he re-tweaked Sunday against Chicago.McClain, who has 57 tackles, second-most on the team, and two sacks, initially injured himself against Houston on Oct. 9 and, while he was active against Denver on Nov. 6, he did not play. The Broncos gouged the Raiders' invisible run defense for 299 rushing yards, 230 in the second half, as Oakland fell to Tim Tebow and Co.A year ago, the former Alabama star sat out the Raiders' key December game at Jacksonville with a sore foot -- sources said he refused to take a pain-killing shot to play -- and his absence was greatly felt. The Jaguars ran for 182 second-half yards and scored 31 second-half points. The Raiders lost.Technically, the Raiders' backup middle linebacker is Darryl Blackstock, the UFL refugee who was playfully made fun of in the locker room by a teammate earlier this season for having "big eyes" when he had to play in place of the former Butkus Award winner.Realistically, the Raiders might have to move Aaron Curry from the weak side into the middle, which might actually weaken both positions against Miami this weekend, not to mention what Oakland would then have to do sans a suspended McClain.Anyone have Lofa Tatupu's phone number?McClain, though, may have already played his last down as a member of the Raiders, if not for the season, then for his career.Burress was suspended for the rest of the 2008 season by the Giants after he accidentally shot himself in the thigh at a Manhattan night club. New York's stringent gun laws had him serving nearly two years in prison and the NFL suspended him the length of his prison sentence. He never suited up for the Giants again.
Then, there's the case of Aqib Talib, the Tampa Bay cornerback who faced no suspension for his involvement in a Texas shooting this past March.Of course, in a court of law, McClain is innocent until proven guilty. But the NFL has its own set of rules and neither the league nor McClain's agent have responded to inquiries by CSN Bay Area. The Raiders meanwhile, said they would have no comment on Thursday regarding the arrest.Earlier, though, coach Hue Jackson said he had spoken with McClain over the telephone."No question any time any of our players, I mean, I'm going to be concerned," Jackson said. "But again, until I have had an opportunity to really sit down and truly understand it all, obviously there's two sides to every story, and then I think you kind of work from there. I think the organization, myself, we've commented on it, as far as we can at this point, and we're going to leave it at that."I have had communication with the player. I feel comfortable where we are, and we'll just go from there."About an hour later, the 22-year-old was arrested.Perhaps most troubling for the Raiders, though, is that this is the second time since January McClain has been involved in a shooting in his hometown. In January, someone fired at McClain's Chevy Tahoe as he was driving and while no one was injured then, a slug was pulled from the SUV's rear hatch.While there's no link between video games and gun crime, McClain is an avid fan of the video game "Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3." In an interview published this week on ESPN.com he said "I've been addicted to "Call of Duty" since the first time I played it. ... I'm always on the move looking for someone to shoot." Whatever the case, Jackson's mantra of "Next Man Up" in case of injury may have to be imparted this weekend. And maybe, for the rest of a potential playoff season that could be turned on its head by McClain's alleged gun play actions.

Raiders running back Marshawn Lynch suspended one game

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Raiders running back Marshawn Lynch suspended one game

Raiders running back Marshawn Lynch watched most of Thursday night’s game versus Kansas City from the stands after getting ejected for making contact with an official.

He’ll also be a spectator next week.

The NFL suspended him one game for unsportsmanlike conduct stemming from an incident where left the sidelines to join an on-field scuffle and ended up pushing an official.

The league announced the suspension Friday afternoon. Lynch has already appealed the suspension, per multiple reports.

He was penalized for unsportsmanlike conduct and automatically ejected by rule.

Punishment after the fact has gotten expensive.

By rule, Lynch will be fined $30,387 for making contact with an official. He could get hit with other penalties, including entering a fight unnecessarily.

Lynch is also suspended without pay, meaning he’ll forfeit a $79,411 game check and a $31,250 per-game roster bonus.

The Cal alum won’t play a Week 8 contest in Buffalo, against a Bills team that drafted him No. 12 overall in 2007.

Lynch was on the sidelines during a third down draw play where quarterback Derek Carr incurred what officials called a late hit from Kansas City cornerback Marcus Peters.

The Raiders offensive line took offense, and came after Peters in a scrum. Lynch and Peters, both Oakland natives, are extremely close. Lynch ran on the field to get between his teammates and his friend, but ended up inadvertently pushing an official. The league has zero tolerance for that, and sent him off the field.

Lynch watched a dramatic 31-30 victory over Kansas City from the stands and screens near the field, and congratulated his teammates after a big win.

Lynch did not explain why he entered the fray, though he seemed to be trying to get Peters out of harm’s way.

“They can say what they want but one thing’s for certain: Family do come first,” Peters told Bay Area News Group’s Logan Murdock.

His Raiders teammates and coaches must carry on without the 31-year old power back. They’ll roll with Jalen Richard, DeAndre Washington and fullback Jamize Olawale against the Bills, as they did against the Chiefs.

Lynch had two carries for nine yards before getting tossed. He has just 266 yards and two touchdowns on 72 carries through seven games.

If the suspension is upheld, Lynch will be eligible to return in Week 9 against Miami.

Snap count: Bowman worked overtime to be 'hunting dog' in Raiders' defense

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Snap count: Bowman worked overtime to be 'hunting dog' in Raiders' defense

OAKLAND – NaVorro Bowman would’ve been forgiven for skipping Thursday’s game. The veteran inside linebacker signed with the Raiders, and had one practice and a pair of walk-throughs before facing Kansas City.

That isn’t much time to absorb a new scheme. No matter. As he said Monday, Bowman wanted to show you something.

The former 49er certainly did, even more than Bowman expected. He played 60 of 62 defensive snaps in a crucial 31-30 victory over the Chiefs.

He didn’t just play. He performed. Bowman led the Raiders with 11 tackles, including one for a loss and a crucial hit on Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith on a crucial third-down stop in the fourth quarter.

He wore the green dot – play calls were relayed to his helmet speaker -- and helped get the defense lined up.

“I just absolutely love the football player in him. He’s a hunting dog,” head coach Jack Del Rio said. “He loves to play. He brought experience during the week. He was a settling influence, kind of a determined influence on the sideline. I thought he did a remarkable job.”

That’s the result. The process of getting there was remarkable. He put in 40 hours of work in three days, memorizing terminology and defensive concepts specific to the game plan. He bunkered down and ignored the world during his acclimation process, and came out a functional member of the Raiders defense.

“Everyone knows I’ve only been here for three days and must be wondering how I did it,” Bowman said. “It was my commitment to the game, and my family understanding how much I love the work and giving me that peace and quiet time in hours away from them to really get everything down. This is why you want to come out so well and execute. So many people are sacrificing so you can play the game.”

Bowman helped keep the Raiders close down the stretch, and had key stops in a pair of defensive stops that allowed quarterback Derek Carr to orchestrate a successful two-minute drill.

"I was on the sidelines with my back turned, saying ‘I can’t watch, I can’t watch,’” Bowman said. “They all looked at me funny like, ‘This is what we do.’ They went out and won, and acted all normal. I guess that’s how we roll. It was a great game, and I enjoyed it.”

That was clear after the game. There was a good reason for it. Bowman hadn’t won a game since September 2016. Bowman lost most of last season recovering from an Achilles’ tendon injury, meaning he last tasted victory in Week 2 last season.

“I’ve worked my way back from the Achilles injury, and to have a shot to better and get better and possibly win a division is huge,” Bowman said. “We just beat a really good team. I think this will propel us and get us going.”

OFFENSE
Quarterback –
Derek Carr 82
Running back – Jalen Richard 26, DeAndre Washington 25, Jamize Olawale 11, Marshawn Lynch 10
Wide receiver – Amari Cooper 78, Seth Roberts 72, Michael Crabtree 72, Cordarelle Patterson 18, Johnny Holton 6
Tight end – Jared Cook 67, Lee Smith 17, Clive Walford 8
Offensive line – Kelechi Osemele 82, Rodney Hudson 82, Donald Penn 82, Vadal Alexander 82, Gabe Jackson 82

DEFENSE
Defensive line –
Khalil Mack 62, Denico Autry 46, Justin Ellis 44, Treyvon Hester 32, Mario Edwards 28, Eddie Vanderdoes 19, James Cowser 3
Linebacker – NaVorro Bowman 60, Bruce Irvin 59, Nicholas Morrow 38,
Cornerback – TJ Carrie 62, Dexter McDonald 50, David Amerson 28, Sean Smith 19
Safety – Reggie Nelson 62, Karl Joseph 62, Keith McGill 7, Shalom Luani 1

SPECIAL TEAMS
Keith McGill 25, James Cowser 25, Shalom Luani 21, Xavier Woodson-Luster 19, Erik Harris 19, Jamize Olawale 19, Shlique Calhoun 16, Jon Feliciano 14, Lee Smith 14, Giorgio Tavecchio 12, Johnny Holton 12, Marquette King 11, Jon Condo 11, Cordarrelle Patterson 11, Jalen Richard 10, Nicholas Morrow 10, Darius McCray 8, Kelechi Osemele 7, Gabe Jackson 7, Vadal Alexander 7, Clive Walford 7, Justin Ellis 7, David Sharpe 7, Khalil Mack 6, TJ Carrie 6, Denico Autry 6, Treyvon Hester 6, Eddie Vanderdoes 6, Mario Edwards Jr. 5, Karl Joseph 5, DeAndre Washington 4,

DID NOT PLAY
QB EJ Manuel

INACTIVE
CB Gareon Conley, QB Connor Cook, OT Jylan Ware, LB Marquel Lee, LB Cory James, DL Jihad Ward, RT Marshall Newhouse