The 2012 season was cut short for Ravens' inside linebacker Jameel McClain after he suffered a season-ending spinal cord contusion in the game against the Redskins, forcing Baltimore to place him on injured reserve. Despite the severity of the injury, McClain remains positive about his return to the field for the start of the 2013 season. He no longer has any restrictions on his offseason workout regimen, but still does not have full medical clearance to return to the practice field. In an interview with the Baltimore Sun , McClain said "I'm doing good, I'm doing great. I'm running around full speed, working out, lifting weights with no problems. Nothing on my end, I can do everything, everything is positive on my end." If this is true, this is extremely good news for a depleted Ravens linebacking corps that lost two key players this offseason in Ray Lewis and Dannell Ellerbe. Also, one of their offseason additions at the position, Rolando McClain, has already been arrested since joining the team after being forced out of Oakland due to his troubles with the law. Head coach John Harbaugh also seems optimistic concerning the rehabilitation of Jameel McClain, telling the Baltimore Sun "That will be important for him, but it's just the healing process. There's a certain type of a bruise that happens that caused this issue, but it's going away on schedule. We don't know for sure, but I'm approaching it as if Jameel is going to be out there." Hopefully McClain's rehab continues to go well and we will see #53 back on the field in Baltimore in 2013.
Jameel McClain Optimistic for 2013 Return
Jameel McClain seems confident that he will be 100% ready to go by the start ofthe 2013 season.