ALAMEDA -- The Raiders' struggles on the field have taken their toll on ticket sales, as Sunday's home game against the Cleveland Browns will not be shown on local television, a team spokesman announced Thursday.
It's the first blackout for the Raiders in 14 games, dating back Dec. 26, 2010 -- a 31-26 loss to Indianapolis.
"I'm disappointed in that, but the only way we can change that is to go out and try to get a win against Cleveland and then hopefully we won't have to worry about that at any time in the future," Raiders coach Dennis Allen said.
The Raiders are 3-8, have lost four straight games and have given up 169 points in the process.
Games against the Jacksonville Jaguars (51,634), Tampa Bay Buccaneers (52,055) and New Orleans Saints (56,880) were televised with the help of the NFL's 85 percent rule. That allows the Raiders to declare a sellout by increasing the visitors' share of gate receipts.
Remaining home games after Cleveland are against Denver on Thursday and Kansas City on Dec. 16.
McClain remains on the roster but appears headed for the waiver wire or the suspended list as the club prepares Omar Gaither to start at middle linebacker in the base defense.
A CBS Sports report Wednesday said McClain was
Allen was keeping the information flow at a minimum, saying it was an organizational decision and offering no timetable on a resolution.
"We have to make a decision, and I really don't want to get into the details of what we're going to do," Allen said.
Gaither is an NFL veteran of 79 games, including 40 starts. He played five seasons with the Philadelphia Eagles and one with Carolina before being cut this training camp by the Houston Texans.
He signed with the Raiders on Nov. 14 after Travis Goethel went on injured reserve with a torn ACL.
Gaither said the Raiders have worked on filling gaps and avoiding the kind of creases allowed to Cincinnati, which rushed for 221 yards on Sunday.
"I think we've solved some of those issues we may have had last week," Gaither said. "The only way to tell, though, is to go out on Sunday and see what the results are."
"There's still a little work I have to do, but for the most part, I'm getting back to being me," McFadden said. "I'm just kind of easing into it. Just trying to get the feel of things and get back on the field and moving around."
Offensive coordinator Greg Knapp said running back Mike Goodson, out with the same injury as McFadden, is at about the same point in his rehab.
Knapp said even if McFadden and Goodson are able to play Sunday, Marcel Reece likely would get most of the work while they work their way back into football shape.