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Raiders suspend Rolando McClain for 2 games

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The Oakland Raiders decided to suspend linebacker Rolando McClain for two games rather than releasing him.

Ezra Shaw

Despite being widely reported yesterday, 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. The suspension will last for two games, according to Steve Corkran.

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. After the suspension is over, the Raiders will still need to make a decision on where he fits with the team for the rest of the season.

A version of this story first appeared on SB Nation.