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Raiders' Rolando McClain rejoins team as a backup

Rolando McClain rejoined the Raiders following his two-game suspension, but will no longer start at middle linebacker.

Steve Mitchell-US PRESSWIRE

Linebacker Rolando McClain has rejoined the Oakland Raiders following a two-game suspension that came after McClain published several negative posts about the organization on Facebook.

McClain's return came after a meeting with Raider head coach Dennis Allen. Allen said he told McClain exactly what is expected of him going forward. The team will move on with McClain, although he will not return as the starting middle linebacker. Instead, McClain will play a backup role and contribute on special teams.

While McClain was highly critical of the Raiders in the posts, Allen admitted that things get said in the heat of the moment and that the organization will move on. Quarterback Carson Palmer said the team wouldn't let McClain's return become a distraction. After being critical of the team, it would be understandable for there to be some animosity towards McClain, but fullback Marcel Reece said he will be welcomed back without question.

"So welcoming him back is the easiest part of the game. Being without him is the hardest part," Reece said, according to CSN Bay Area.