Raiders middle linebacker Rolando McClain spoke with the media Monday, four days after he said he was "done" giving interviews for the rest of his career.

McClain had not spoken with the media since his arrest Dec. 1 in Decatur, Ala., for allegedly assaulting a childhood friend and shooting a gun near his ear.

"I won't comment on it," McClain said, when asked for his side of the story. "I haven't and I won't. It is what it is. No comment."

McClain was charged with four misdemeanors, including third-degree assault and the illegal discharge of a firearm. He reportedly renewed his gun permit the morning of the incident, which took place Nov. 30.

McClain's lawyer said his client is innocent. Raiders coach Hue Jackson said he stands by McClain and that the second-year player isn't guilty of all that he is charged of doing.

Jackson said McClain was excused from practice at the time so that he could attend the funeral of his grandfather. Jackson allowed McClain to play against the Miami Dolphins three days after the arrest.

The NFL players' union requires all players to speak with the media. McClain was subject to a hefty fine if he failed to cooperate.

  • Jackson said running back Darren McFadden "does not need surgery," whether McFadden has a midfoot sprain, Lisfranc injury or whatever people want to call the injury.

    Houston Texans quarterback Matt Schaub suffered a Lisfranc injury -- a fracture and dislocation of the joint between the forefoot and midfoot -- and he was placed on injured reserve.

    "I know everybody then goes to Matt Schaub and understands when you say Lisfranc, 'Oh, OK, that's season-ending and maybe that's the situation here,' " Jackson said. "Well, we'll see. I don't know that for sure. I think we're going to get this young man back."

    McFadden has not practiced since he suffered the injury Oct. 23 against the Kansas City Chiefs. He missed most of that game and all of the past six.

    McFadden has not been available during media-access periods since he got hurt.

  • Wide receivers Denarius Moore and Jacoby Ford worked with a team athletic trainer Monday morning in an attempt to gauge their progress toward a return from foot injuries.

    Ford said he isn't sure if he will be cleared to practice Wednesday or play Sunday against the Detroit Lions.

    "I definitely want to be the same player I was before I got injured," said Ford, who has missed the past four games. "I wouldn't want to go out there if I don't feel confident in myself to play to the best of my abilities and hurt the team instead of help the team."

    Receiver Chaz Schilens on Sunday aggravated the foot injury he suffered against the Miami Dolphins. He said it's "a little sore" but that he expects to play against the Lions.

  • The Raiders still have a clear path to the playoffs despite trailing the Denver Broncos by one game in the AFC West with three to play.

    Denver's key game is against the Kansas City Chiefs on Jan. 1. The Raiders and Broncos split their two games. Therefore, the second tiebreaker is division record.

    If the Raiders and Broncos finish with the same overall record, the Raiders would win the second tiebreaker as long as they beat the Chiefs on Dec. 24 and the San Diego Chargers on Jan. 1, and the Broncos lose to the Chiefs. The Raiders would be 4-2 in the AFC West, the Broncos 3-3.

    The Raiders also have a decent shot at earning one of the two AFC wild-card berths if they don't win their division. They trail the New York Jets (8-5) as of now.

  • Ford, guard Stefen Wisniewski, offensive tackle Jared Veldheer and tight end Kevin Boss signed autographs for two hours in exchange for new, unwrapped toys Monday night.

    The event was held at the Raider Image store in Hayward as part of the Toys for Tots program.

    Quarterback Carson Palmer, running back Michael Bush, fullback Marcel Reece and Moore are scheduled to do likewise Dec. 19 at the same location, from 6 to 8 p.m.

    UPCOMING SCHEDULE
    Sunday: Detroit at Raiders
    Dec. 24: Raiders at Kansas City
    Jan. 1: San Diego at Raiders