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Raiders LB Rolando McClain facing assault, firearms charges

- Associated Press - Thursday, December 1, 2011

DECATUR, Ala. — Oakland Raiders linebacker Rolando McClain was arrested Thursday on misdemeanor assault, firearms and other charges after police said he fired a gun during a fight in his Alabama hometown.

McClain, 22, held a gun beside a man's head during an altercation and the man begged him not to shoot, according to a statement released by Lt. John Crouch of the Decatur Police Department.

McClain, an All-American at Alabama during his junior year, moved the gun but fired a round beside the man's ear, according to the statement. No one was shot, but police said a man who was injured in the altercation drove himself to a hospital, where he was treated and released.

McClain was released on $2,000 bond. He faces charges of assault, menacing, reckless endangerment and firing a gun inside the city limits. Another man identified as Jerradius Willingham, 23, was charged with assault and released after posting a $500 bon

McClain is the Raiders' second-leading tackler this season after joining the team as the eighth overall pick in 2010. Although he struggled as a rookie, the 6-foot-3-inch, 255-pounder had developed into a centerpiece of Oakland's defense this season despite being slowed by a sore left ankle.

Steelers expect to have Polamalu and Woodley

PITTSBURGH — The Pittsburgh Steelers defense could be at full strength Sunday when they face the Cincinnati Bengals.

Safety Troy Polamalu and linebacker LaMarr Woodley practiced Thursday Polamalu left last week's 13-9 win over Kansas City in the first half with concussion-like symptoms. Woodley hasn't played since Oct. 30 with a left hamstring injury.

Center Maurkice Pouncey also practiced in a limited role. He left the Chiefs game after becoming dehydrated because of the flu. Pouncey said he lost 12 pounds in a couple of days but expects to play against the Bengals.

Around the league

BILLS: Buffalo safety George Wilson missed his second straight practice because of a neck injury leaving him unlikely to play against Tennessee on Sunday. Wilson already has missed two games.

RAMS: St. Louis quarterback Sam Bradford and defensive end Chris Long did not practice Thursday because of ankle injuries. A decision on Bradford's status for Sunday's game at San Francisco will be made Friday. Long sat out practice as a precautionary measure.

BEARS: A suburban Chicago man has pleaded guilty to misdemeanor battery for slapping Bears wide receiver Devin Hester while at an Illinois casino. Daniel Rago of Mount Prospect was arrested after police said he slapped Hester in the back of the head Oct. 14 while the football player was standing in line at Rivers Casino. Hester didn't retaliate.

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