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Baltimore Ravens Place Jameel McClain on IR; Do not Activate Ray Lewis

December 23rd, 2012 at 6:30 AM
By Dan Benton

'Ray Lewis' photo (c) 2008, Keith Allison - license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/ Many thought that when the Baltimore Ravens placed linebacker Jameel McClain (spinal contusion) on Injured Reserve it would signal the return of Ray Lewis. However, when McClain was placed on IR Saturday, it wasn't Lewis who got the call. Instead, Baltimore signed Adrian Hamilton off of their practice squad and left Lewis on short-term IR.

Fellow linebacker Paul Kruger said the return of Lewis would have been "huge," and even the New York Giants fully anticipated seeing him on Sunday, but it now looks like the veteran won't return until the playoffs.

Meanwhile, Dannell Ellerbe (ankle) is also questionable for Sunday's game against the Giants, leaving the Ravens with only three healthy inside linebackers: Albert McClellan, Josh Bynes and Brendon Ayanbadejo.

Not having their emotional leader on the field is a huge blow for the Ravens, especially when so many expected him to return this weekend. For the Giants, it's a relatively lucky break considering their own injury situation, coupled with their dire need to win this game. Now they must capitalize on it.

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20 Responses to “Baltimore Ravens Place Jameel McClain on IR; Do not Activate Ray Lewis”

  1.  James Stoll says:

    This is a break for the Giants.
    In fact looking at yesterday’s injury report, the Ravens list 18 players — 18! I don’t think I’ve ever seen such a thing. We who think of ourselves as unduly injured only list 11. McClain is out. Pollard, their leading tackler from the safety position (98)is doubtful. Ellerbe, Smith and Leach are all questionable so we’ll have to see what that means.
    But by and large it looks like the Giants are heading into the game the far healthier of the team.
    On our questionable list are Baas, Snee, Phillips and Tuck. I think we all believe Tuck won’t play given that he did not practice all week. Phillips is unlikely I would guess. He was limited in practice this week so it is really hard to tell. When he came back for the GB game I think he had first practiced fully for 2-3 weeks.
    Baas and Snee however are the real key. If they can’t go, how do we compensate? Who plays center? Cordle? Boothe? Then who plays guard? Diehl? Then who plays RT? Brewer? They’ll both start; let’s hope they both finish.
    In any event, in the clash of the M.A.S.H. Units, ours is still the healthier of the two.

    • Dan BentonDan Benton says:

      Plenty of times I have run down the list of 15+ Giants. I think it’s been 8+ for every game this season, in fact.

    •  Krow says:

      Baas is always hurt, but somehow manages to play. ROT could be an adventure though. If there was ever a time for Brewer it’s now. He’s had almost 2 years to learn the position. He’s supposed to be a bright guy. Let’s see if he’s got what it takes.

  2.  James Stoll says:

    Inasmuch as we all believe that an effective running game is a key to getting our offense on track on Sunday, the absence of Pollard from the Ravens secondary could be huge. The guys has 98 tackles this season, 3d best amongst DBs. With a very beat up LB corps, and the run stopper from the safety position absent (should that prove to be the case), the Giants should really test the Ravens ability to stuff the run. If ever there were a game tailor made for Andre Brown, this would have been it. But he’s gone. TC sounded optimistic about Bradshaw after Friday’s practice, and if Wilson can get going, that could be just the medicine the Giants ailing offense needs.

    •  Krow says:

      Blumpkin power !!!

      •  jb322 says:

        Is anybody else disappointed that Wilson didn’t get more carries last week? Why were they giving the ball to a guy they just picked up instead of seeing what their number 1 pick could do with a few more carries? I thought Wilson was close to breaking one of his runs for a big play, and couldn’t help but think that he could have taken one of the Blumpkin runs to the house. He can’t be a difference maker if you don’t give him the ball. Right now, he needs to play to get better. And what are we doing with Blumpkin? is this an audition for next year? If so, this is a heck of a time to do it. Its not like he would be used if Brown, Wilson and Bradshaw come back next year.

  3.  G-MenFan says:

    Snee and Baas starting to take on the looks of O’Hara and Seubert when they were near the end.

    Here is the Giants draft history for Offensive Linemen for the past 10 years:

    2003 5th round David Diehl
    7th round Wayne Lucier
    2004 2nd round Chris Snee
    2006 4th round Guy Whimper
    2007 6th round Adam Koets
    2009 2nd round Will Beatty
    2010 5th round Mitch Petrus
    2011 4th round James Brewer
    2012 4th round Brandon Mosely
    6th round Matt McCants

    I think it’s time to place a higher value on building the O-line through the draft by spending early round picks on blue chip prospects instead of this cocky “we can coach anybody up” attitude.

    •  Dirt says:

      Only one QB has started every single game since 2004. And that QB doesn’t get sacked very often. And he’s won 2 championships.

      While you may have a valid opinion that they should improve the OL, let’s consult with Aaron Rodgers, Jay Cutler and Ben Roethlisberger about their offensive lines before we declare the Giants line unsuccessful.

      •  Dirt says:

        Also, for what it’s worth, this 2012 Giants offensive line currently claims the #6 rushing offense (in yards per attempt)

        •  James Stoll says:

          Crazy how those stats don’t align with what the eye tells us week to week, especially on third and very short

          •  Dirt says:

            That’s because they’re traditional on -and-short and never do anything but try to overpower dug in 340 pound defensive linemen.

            The funny thing also is that they’re 6th in YPC but like 17th or something in total yards.

        •  G-MenFan says:

          I don’t think I made my point clear. I’m not calling the O-line “unsuccessful”. I’m saying that it’s aging, injured, and there’s no depth at any position because of the futility of the draft selections in recent years. 3 starters in 10 years is a crappy record on it’s own, but of our last 4 O-line picks, only 1 player is still in the organization: McCants. And he’s on the practice squad and looked terrible in preseason.
          I’m saying the O-line is paper thin with Snee and Baas nursing mysterious injuries and Diehl is playing because the starting RT is IR’d. We’re a rolled ankle away from placing Eli’s protection in the hands of whom? Jim Cordle? James Brewer?

          •  Dirt says:

            Gotcha. But your analysis is also a little incomplete in that they have invested in the OL via draft and free agency, gettin many quality years out of O’Hara and McKenzie and recently spending on Bass.

            Also, Cruz was Cordle before he was Cruz. And so long as this is the salary cap era, nobodys (nobodies?) will back up almost every position.

  4.  G-MenFan says:

    Adding FAs is fine but they eat up cap space. They’ve been in the league a minimum of 4 years and they get paid big bucks and have 4 years of tread off the tires. I know the Giants value certain positions in the draft over others–that much is obvious. But when you swing and miss on several consecutive mid-to-late round O-linemen and don’t have any cheap depth, it can hurt.

    Our best lineman in the Coughlin/Eli era has been Chris Snee. Second round pick. I’d like to see the Giants use some early picks over the next couple of drafts to fortify what they’ve already built at the “skill” positions.

  5.  Krow says:

    The thing is … we should look at “Talent Acquisition” as a single entity. The draft, free agents, and UDFAs. To a much lesser extent trades. They’re all different, but all parts of a single process.

    Draft … cost effective, but difficult to target a position. Our strategy is a modified Best Available Athlete.

    Free Agency … specific positional targets, but not cost effective.

    UDFAs … this is where the better front offices make their money. A total crap shoot, but with huge reward potential.

    Trades … rare.

    Taken as a whole Reese/Ross/Coughlin have done a fantastic job.

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