Throughout the offseason, the Ravens were hopeful that linebacker Jameel McClain would be recovered in time for the start of training camp.
But he landed on the PUP list when they opened camp, and Ravens coach John Harbaugh said that McClain still hasn’t made enough progress after last year’s spinal cord contusion.
“With Jameel not able to be out there, which is extremely disappointing, we really thought he would be there,” Harbaugh said, via Aaron Wilson of the Baltimore Sun. “When you look at the MRI and you see what’s on there, there’s no denying the fact that it’s not safe for him at this time. So, there’s no way we’re going to put him out there.”
The news was better for cornerback Lardarius Webb, coming off surgery last October to repair a torn ACL. They’re going to monitor his work in camp, but Harbaugh thinks Webb could be ready for the opener.
“It’s reasonable that he would be playing against Denver with the state of ACL and recovery,” Harbaugh said. “That’s definitely our target. I think he’s got a very good chance to come back and play during the preseason at some point in time, but that’s not the most important thing. We’re kind of easing him in. He could probably do more than we’re letting him do. We’re not going to push it.”
The same is true for McClain, who did individual work during OTAs and minicamp. If he can’t return, it makes the signing of long-time Jaguars linebacker Daryl Smith much more significant.