McClain returns to practice

McClain returns to practice
October 16, 2013, 1:30 pm
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For inside linebacker Jameel McClain, the long wait to practice with his teammates has finally ended.

Out since last season with a spinal cord contusion, McClain has been medically cleared for contact, and planned to participate in his first practice of the season Wednesday. A decision on whether McClain will join the 53-man roster will be made in the near future. For now, McClain remains on the physically unable to perform list, and the Ravens have a three-week window to decide on whether to activate him. If McClain is not activated within the next three weeks, he must remain on the PUP list the remainder of the season.

“We’re going to practice Jameel McClain today,” Ravens coach John Harbaugh said prior to Wednesday’s practice. “Do not know what that means for this week, next week, or the week after. We do know that it means that within three weeks we have to make a decision about whether we put him on the 53-man roster. So we’ll just have to see how it goes.”

McClain has been able to exercise without pain for months, but doctors were waiting for a spot that showed on is MRI to clear up.  The latest test result was positive, allowing McClain to return to the field.

McClain started the first 13 games last season before suffering his injury. If he can remain healthy, McClain will add to the team’s depth at inside linebacker, and could perhaps challenge Josh Bynes for a starting job down the road.