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McClain not practicing for 2nd straight day

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McClain not practicing for 2nd straight day

ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) Linebacker Rolando McClain remained a member of the Oakland Raiders on Thursday despite being told to stay out of practice for a second straight day and not to report to the team facility.

The former first-round pick is stuck in limbo a day after being sent out of practice by coach Dennis Allen for undisclosed reasons.

``There's going to be consequences to his actions and it's a team-related issue,'' Allen said. ``I don't really want to get into the details of it. We asked him not to come to practice today.''

Allen said he talked with McClain on Thursday and that McClain was told not to report to the team's facility as the Raiders (3-8) prepare for Sunday's home game against the Cleveland Browns.

Allen said McClain has not been suspended and remains on the 53-man roster but would not speculate on what the future held for the linebacker.

``This is something that we've got to make a decision as an organization, and we're going to make sure that we make the right decision,'' Allen said.

McClain was the eighth overall pick in the 2010 draft after helping Alabama win a national championship. He has struggled so far in his career and has had his playing time sharply reduced in recent weeks.

In 41 career games with Oakland, McClain had 6 1/2 sacks, one interception, one forced fumble, no fumble recoveries and did little to help improve Oakland's struggling run defense.

After being essentially an every down player for the first two years of his career, McClain was demoted after the first month of this season. He was replaced by rookie Miles Burris in nickel packages because of his struggles in pass coverage and because the coaching staff believed he tired too easily playing every down. He has gone from playing more than 90 percent of defensive snaps to just over half the past seven games.

McClain also had problems off the field. He was involved in a shooting in Alabama last November when he left the team briefly during the season to attend a family funeral. McClain had been convicted of four misdemeanors in May but he appealed and the charges were recently dropped when the accuser told prosecutors he no longer wanted to pursue the case.

If McClain does not play Sunday, recently acquired Omar Gaither would start in his place against the Browns. Gaither was signed by Oakland on Nov. 14 to replace the injured Travis Goethel. In two games, Gaither has only played on special teams but the coaches say he has learned the new system quickly.

``It's all similar,'' Gaither said. ``You've just got to learn the lingo. One coach calls it one thing, another coach calls it a different thing. The toughest part is the language, but there's only 11 guys, so there's only so many different things you can do.''

Gaither started 40 games over six combined seasons with Philadelphia and Carolina, playing middle and outside linebacker. He has 393 tackles, six sacks, 25 passes defensed, two interceptions, one forced fumble and two fumble recoveries in his career.

NOTES: The game Sunday will be blacked out in the Bay Area, ending a streak of 13 consecutive games telecast since the start of the 2011 season. ... QB Carson Palmer was limited in practice because of a thumb injury after hitting a helmet with his had last week in Cincinnati but offensive coordinator Greg Knapp is confident Palmer will play. ... RBs Darren McFadden and Mike Goodson (sprained right ankles) practiced for a second straight day, while DT Richard Seymour (hamstring) and DE Jack Crawford (toe) remain sidelined.

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Why the Redskins release of Mason Foster makes sense, and what happens next at ILB

Why the Redskins release of Mason Foster makes sense, and what happens next at ILB

The Redskins released Mason Foster just one day before the start of training camp, a source confirmed to NBC Sports Washington, and while the move makes sense on the field the timing seems weird. 

Let's start with explaining why the move makes sense:

After Reuben Foster blew out his knee during offseason workouts, the team signed veteran linebacker Jon Bostic. In a few weeks, Bostic proved the ability to call plays in the huddle and looked like a strong fit for Washington in their run defense. 

With Bostic in the fold, and a slew of younger linebackers on the roster in Shaun Dion Hamilton, Josh Harvey-Clemons and Cole Holcomb, Mason Foster's game became expendable in the eyes of the Redskins front office. After all, Foster had previously been the linebacker to call plays in the huddle and his strength was piling up tackles in the run game.

Add in the fact that releasing Foster clears $4 million in salary cap space, and Bostic counts less than $2 million, and the business side makes sense, too. 

Why release Mason Foster now?

The timing on this seems a little odd. The Redskins surely knew that Foster cost more than Bostic a month ago, and they knew about the other young linebackers on the roster. A release after minicamp might have allowed Foster to sign elsewhere already. The good news for Foster is that he won't have to play through training camp in Richmond, and risk injury, before maybe catching on with another team. He can now sign anywhere else. 

Looking beyond the immediate impact to Foster, the Redskins could be freeing cap space for a subsequent move. Maybe there's a player available in free agency now that they want to make a run at, or they expect a player to become available.

It's also entirely possible the money from releasing Foster could be used to get more cash to contract holdout Trent Williams or towards a Brandon Scherff extension. Keep in mind, however, that releasing Foster is only about a 2 percent difference on the overall salary cap. His release is not making or breaking any deal. 

What's next for Redskins?

Foster was the team's leading tackler last season and in two of the past three seasons. His absence will be missed, but the Washington brain trust must believe that production can be replaced. Expect Bostic and Hamilton to start when training camp opens, and Harvey-Clemons to work as the nickel linebacker. This also could mean a much greater opportunity for the rookie Holcomb. 

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Former Oriole Adam Jones has 3-hit night in D-Backs' victory, get pied

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Former Oriole Adam Jones has 3-hit night in D-Backs' victory, get pied

In what was a huge night for Adam Jones, the former Orioles outfielder went 3-for-4, including a double and RBI. 

During his postgame interview with Fox Sports Arizona, Jarrod Dyson pied Adam Jones with a key lime pie. Such pie celebrations were a hallmark of Jones' tenure in Baltimore.

“He swung the bat well against us tonight,” Orioles manager Brandon Hyde said. "You look at his career numbers, obviously, he’s had a really productive career. He’s a tough out, and hurt us tonight, big-time.”

“He was very instrumental in their win tonight,” Trey Mancini, outfielder and teammate with Jones for three seasons, said. “I’ve seen him do that a lot when we played together, so it wasn’t as fun to be on the other side of it.”

When asked if he keeps track of the Orioles performance, Jones replied "I keep track of baseball . . . I keep track of what's going on, especially with my friends. I definitely keep track of what's going on with Schoop, Britton, Machado obviously I get to see him a lot more often, guys that are my good friends I keep track of . . . I've reached out to Trey, kept in contact with Gyvens, reach out to Bleier here and there. I think bigger than the game is friendships."

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