When he’s not body slamming wide receivers or catching court cases Rolando McClain is engaging in controversial medical treatments. According to multiple reports, McClain underwent stem-cell therapy for chronic pains in his knee and ankle.
Apparently McClain has been suffering from “nagging” pain in his knee since his rookie season. Since his stem-cell treatment McClain claims to have hardly any pain at all and is able to sprint with no discomfort.
That’s good news for the former top pick because he’s going to have to play the best ball of his life in 2012. The new Raiders regime didn’t draft the talented yet inconsistent McClain. Neither Dennis Allen nor Reggie McKenzie have given any indication that they’re ready to turn the page on McClain but you get the sense they’d prefer having their own guys in place.
No matter your stance on stem-cell therapy you can’t argue with science. If McClain’s nagging knee has been one of the bigger reasons for his up and down performance then this could be a pivotal moment in his progression.
Of course stem-cell be damned if McClain catches another case. Controversial medical procedures are pointless if you’re being suspended by the NFL commissioner. Roger Goodell allowed the Raiders to handle McClain’s situation last year with no league interference. That will certainly change if he can’t clean up his at off the field.