Suggs is the new leader of the Ravens defense
The Ravens made two roster moves on Tuesday, placing linebacker Jameel McClain on the physically-unable-to-perform (PUP) list and placing rookie defensive lineman Kapron Lewis-Moore on the Reserve/Non-Football Injury list.
Both moves were expected, and mean that the Ravens have reached the 75-man roster limit in advance of the 4 p.m. Tuesday deadline.
Most significantly, the move to place McClain on the PUP list as he recovers from a spinal cord injury means the Ravens former starting inside linebacker is out at least the first six weeks of the season.
Coach John Harbaugh had said all offseason that he hoped McClain would be back for training camp, but then conceded that the recovery was taking longer than they had hoped.
Still, Harbaugh last week was not ready to rule McClain out for the season.
“By no means,” Harbaugh said. “The MRI will be clear. There’s no question at some point in time it will be clear. It’s just impossible, they say, to tell us the time frame.”
McClain, 28, who signed a new three-year contract before last season, started 13 games last season before suffering the injury against Washington, and he was placed on injured reserve on Dec. 22. He finished the season with 79 tackles.
According to the PUP list rules, after six games a player on the list has a three-week window to resume practicing. Once a player begins practicing, the team has another three weeks to activate the player from the PUP list onto the 53-man roster. Or, if he doesn't begin practicing, he can be placed on season-ending injured reserve.
Lewis-Moore, a sixth-round draft pick this past spring out of Notre Dame, is recovering from a torn ACL suffered in the BCS championship game against Alabama in January. Lewis-Moore can be placed on the Non-Football Injury list because his injury occurred before the Ravens drafted him.
The NFI designation, unlike injured reserve, also leaves the door open for Lewis-Moore to play this season, though that is still not considered likely.
With the moves, the Ravens have completed their initial phase of roster cuts. They must trim the roster to the final total of 53 players by Saturday at 6 p.m.