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Jameel McClain’s spinal injury likely won’t require surgery

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Baltimore Ravens linebacker Jameel McClain received some more positive news as he continues his recovery from a spinal cord contusion that ended his season.

According to Robert Klemko of the USA Today, McClain says doctors told him the injury is “resolving itself” and is unlikely to require surgery.

McClain was injured in the third quarter of a December loss to the Washington Redskins. McClain attempted a tackle on Redskins’ running back Alfred Morris and took a blow to the neck area that made his body go numb.

“I guess I just had my head in a wrong position and then, boom! My body went numb for a little bit. I could feel my hands. I could feel my legs. And then the sensation went away,” McClain said.

The prognosis for McClain’s recovery has always been fairly favorable but not having to undergo surgery is another positive step in the process. McClain will likely be called upon to fill a bigger role for the Ravens with the retirement of Ray Lewis and Dannell Ellerbe leaving in free agency. McClain started 13 games for the Ravens last season before the injury and recorded 79 tackles with three passes defensed.

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16 Responses to “Jameel McClain’s spinal injury likely won’t require surgery”
  1. ravenmuscle says: Mar 26, 2013 4:07 AM

    Still think the Ravens will selct Kevin Minter with their first pick.

  2. randallflagg52 says: Mar 26, 2013 4:20 AM

    McClain has been a more consistent player for a longer time than Ellerbe ever was. I don’t know why everyone keeps forgetting about him, and assume the Ravens need 2 inside linebackers.

    Also worth noting is McClain and Ellerbe were both UDFA’s (as was Bart Scott and Adalius Thomas, who played all over the field). If the Ravens know one thing, it’s evaluating linebacking talent, unless that talent has a problem with drinking and stairways…

  3. dt74ballance says: Mar 26, 2013 5:41 AM

    Hope he makes a full recovery, regardless whether he plays again.

  4. rockthered1286 says: Mar 26, 2013 6:31 AM

    THIS is the point I’ve been trying to make. Everyone is beating on Baltimore saying. “You have no ILB on your roster” when we’ve managed to retain not only one of last years starters (Ellerbe was his backup) but in McClain the Ravens have their backup signal caller, which he’s been called upon to do the past few years when Lewis was out.

    All in all? We’re gonna be just fine.

  5. vegaskid21 says: Mar 26, 2013 6:41 AM

    That’s some good news right there.

  6. swagger52 says: Mar 26, 2013 7:17 AM

    Jameel, Ladarius Webb and Suggs were our best players on defense last year and all were injured or mostly handicapped from playing well. They are all back in 2014, so our defense should be much improved.

    Too bad Cleveland has to play Kruger on every down, given how much they paid him. I sure hope they don’t drop him into coverage..Man is that embarrassing.

    This is the year the NFL finds out about how good the players are on our bench
    Thompson, Bynes, McPhee. Draft 2012 was ridiculous.

    Cleveland should have traded for Ozzie Newsome instead of Paul Kruger. You know..Baltimore gets Rock and Roll hall of fame and the Cavaliers, Cleveland gets Ozzie Newsome.

  7. ravenator says: Mar 26, 2013 7:18 AM

    Good news. Oz will still pick up an amazing linebacker in the draft. Greatest GM in the league. No question about it.

  8. wakaflockaflacco says: Mar 26, 2013 8:21 AM

    McClain is a great NFL story, he’s worked extremely hard for everything he has. He’s an Undrafted FA, and had a really tough upbringing. I hope he has a quick recovery, he deserves it.

  9. ingraven says: Mar 26, 2013 9:18 AM

    Can’t say ANYTHING bad about the guy. He is a great player and its a sad & scary injury. Hope everything goes great for him whether he ever returns or not.

  10. reed20fence says: Mar 26, 2013 9:30 AM

    This guy has proven to be a very capable pre-snap coordinator in those games where Ray was out.If the Ravens can get a decent MLB in this draft, McClain is the link in knowledge between Ray Lewis and the next generation.If that person learns quickly and has the physical ability to apply what they’ve learned, the Ravens are set.

  11. 6superbowls says: Mar 26, 2013 10:34 AM

    Spine injury? He’s done. Another piece of the puzzle missing/ gone. First to worst. Couldn’t happen to a better fanbase.

  12. watermelon1 says: Mar 26, 2013 11:01 AM

    “randallflagg52 says: Mar 26, 2013 4:20 AM

    McClain has been a more consistent player for a longer time than Ellerbe ever was. I don’t know why everyone keeps forgetting about him, and assume the Ravens need 2 inside linebackers.

    Also worth noting is McClain and Ellerbe were both UDFA’s (as was Bart Scott and Adalius Thomas, who played all over the field). If the Ravens know one thing, it’s evaluating linebacking talent, unless that talent has a problem with drinking and stairways…”
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    You’re right that McClain was more consistent than Ellerbe. And yes… Baltimore had a string of undrafted talent that worked out okay at the linebacker position. But the one constant was… those guys had the luxury of playing alongside Ray Lewis and had the luxury of Ed Reed playing behind them.

    Without those two guys getting everyone lines up properly… I can’t give nearly as much faith that some new undrafted guy will fill-in as nicely.

    McClain has the experience, so it’s not so much worrying about that. But he’s currently injured and you never know if he’ll come back the same… or at all. It sounds good right now, but you never know.

    Either way, that’s one guy. And you definitely need depth at a position like that.

    And you forgot to mention that while the Ravens have hit on some linebackers, they’ve also missed on some. Tavares Gooden?

  13. toybkshr says: Mar 26, 2013 11:08 AM

    I’m a Pats fan, but that’s good news on his spinal injury.

  14. bmorelikeme says: Mar 26, 2013 12:25 PM

    A few names to remember:

    Albert McClellan, Josh Bynes, Nigel Carr.

    All young UDFA LB’s from the past few years, McClellan and Bynes in particular have shown flashes of talent in very limited opportunities.

    Oz has significantly upgraded the Dline (Including OLB) that these guys will be lining up behind. Don’t be surprised if one of these young LB’s breaks through in 2013.

  15. mlbbal52 says: Mar 26, 2013 12:29 PM

    Steeler fans wishing ill will upon players and fans yet they have the nerve to judge the Raven fanbase…like I said as a Raven fan I respect real Steeler fans not the bandwagon trolls that come on here and start stuff…

  16. scoobies05 says: Mar 26, 2013 12:43 PM

    6superbowls…at the end of the day its a game. to wish ill will and injury on a player or fans of a team just because of a rivalry makes you look like a clueless jackass. thankfully you dont represent football fans in general. best of luck jameel and go ravens

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