Oakland Raiders linebacker Rolando McClain was expected to play against the Miami Dolphins on Sunday, three days after he was arrested on a string of charges for apparently holding a gun to a man’s head then firing the weapon just inches from his ear.
Raiders coach Hue Jackson was yet to announce his decision on McClain, but a source told NBC Sports that the 22 year old will suit up at Sun Life Stadium.
The report claims the team currently regards the allegations against McClain to be unsubstantiated.
He stands accused of discharging a firearm within city limits, third-degree assault and menacing and reckless endangerment following the incident, which occurred Wednesday night as he visited his hometown of Decatur, Ala.
Jackson would not say Friday whether McClain, the eighth overall pick in the 2010 draft, would participate in Sunday’s game against the Dolphins.
But he expressed disappointment with the linebacker, saying, "I have 52 other players that are doing things the right way and doing things as I see they should be doing it, and we’re getting ready to play a game. I will deal with Rolando when that time comes."
Alabama native Rishard Papscott, 23, claims he was ambushed and beaten up by McClain and Jarodiaus Willingham, both of whom he claims to have known during his childhood.
He told police McClain then drew a weapon and threatened to kill him, before firing within inches of Papscott’s head.
McClain, who was arrested and charged Thursday before being released on $2,000 bail, denies the allegations.
Willingham, 23, was charged with third-degree assault and released on $500 bond.