Jameel McClain working out with no restrictions

AP

While he hasn’t received full medical clearance to resume football activities, Ravens linebacker Jameel McClain said he has no restrictions after the missing the end of last season with a spinal cord contusion.

I’m doing good, I’m doing great,” McClain told Aaron Wilson of the Baltimore Sun. “I’m running around full speed, working out, lifting weights with no problems, nothing on my end. I can do everything. Everything is positive on my end.”

Asked if he was confident he’d be able to resume his career, he seemed optimistic.

“If you don’t believe in yourself, who else will?” McClain said. “Fortunately, this is a good situation for me. Everything is going the way it should.”

The Ravens are being cautiously optimistic as well.

“That will be important for him,” Harbaugh said recently of McClain getting back on the field. “But it’s just the healing process There’s a certain type of a bruise that happens that caused his issue, but it’s going away, on schedule. We don’t know for sure, but I’m approaching it as if Jameel is going to be out there.”

The Ravens need him, after losing both starting inside linebackers Ray Lewis and Dannell Ellerbe this offseason. They drafted Arthur Brown, but knowing Rolando McClain might not be trustworthy enough to put on the field, they can’t be caught short there.

8 responses to “Jameel McClain working out with no restrictions

  1. Ellerbe only became a starter once Ray went down in the regular season, and he only stayed a starter because McClain got hurt before Ray came back. McClain started all 13 games he played in prior to getting hurt, but Ellerbe only started 11 out of 17 games he played in, and that was out of necessity.

  2. People don’t realize that Ellerbe was this guy’s backup for multiple years until the injury occurred. Overall depth is everything in the NFL. Ya gotta have it.

  3. He’s a tremendous personal interest story, in stark contrast to Rolando.

    But the Ravens don’t necessarily need him. You omitted the other LBs already on the squad and always have success with LBs as UFDAs, like Ellerbe and, before him, Bart Scott. Other positions present greater potential need for the Ravens.

  4. Long way to go but a depth chart I’ve seen has him starting along with Brown. Ravens currently have 8 guys in the ILB position.

  5. A fantastically talented linebacker who is managing his injury in the most intelligent way possible. Hopefully he’ll be among those in play in SB XLVIII but if not, Ravens have plenty of others who will step up.

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