The Ravens haven’t had linebacker Jameel McClain in the lineup since he suffered a spinal cord contusion late in the 2012 regular season, but it appears they are moving closer to getting him back into the lineup.
Aaron Wilson of the Baltimore Sun reports that McClain got positive news about the injury during a recent MRI exam. The Ravens said this summer that McClain would not be cleared to return until imaging showed no sign of the contusion. McClain is on the physically unable to perform list and is eligible to start practicing again after Week Six.
There’s no word on an exact timetable for McClain’s return to action, but Wilson’s report indicates that he’s expected back at work sooner rather than later.
Josh Bynes and Daryl Smith have been starting at inside linebacker this season with Arthur Brown and Albert McClellan in reserve. McClain had started 29 straight games over the 2011 and 2012 seasons for the Ravens before his injury knocked him out of the lineup.