On the defensive side of the football, the Baltimore Ravens have had several questions to address this offseason, but the the departures of Ray Lewis and Dannell Ellerbe, the inside linebacker position has been the biggest. One of the key players to this position will be Jameel McClain.
McClain missed part of the regular season and all of the playoffs due to a spinal cord contusion and has been rehabbing ever since. Jameel's work ethic has certainly shown itself thus far this offseason as he has been working extremely hard to get back to 100% and be able to contribute to this Ravens defense in 2013.
He suffered the spinal cord contusion last December, and has been anxiously awaiting clearance from doctors. During the spring practices, McClain did individual drills and we saw no limitations in his exercises. The only thing he is waiting on is the go ahead from doctors to start participating in contact drills.
“I’m in shape, I’m working hard, I’m trimming up and getting ready for the season,” McClain told Aaron Wilson of the Baltimore Sun. “It’s time for gametime. It’s in the doctors’ hands. All I can do is prepare myself the best that I can and be in the best of shape like I am. I’ve done everything I can. It’s in the Lord’s hands now.”
McClain will take a physical when Ravens training camp begins on July 21, and Baltimore could definitely use him. McClain will battle for a starting spot with second round draft pick Arthur Brown and newly acquired Daryl Smith.
It appears that McClain will be ready for training camp and vie for a starting spot, but one thing is for sure, Baltimore fans and coaching staff should feel very comfortable with McClain's work ethic and his will to return from such a scary injury.
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