Earlier on Wednesday, the Ravens welcomed back starting cornerback Jimmy Smith to the practice field for mandatory mini-camp. Smith tore his Achilles back in Week 13 of the 2017 season, and it was great to see one of the most underrated defensive players in the league on his way back.
Last year, Baltimore lost linebacker Albert McClellan to a torn ACL during training camp, which affected the Ravens on special teams and at linebacker, both inside and outside. Per WNST’s Luke Jones, McCellan made his return to the practice field on Wednesday.
Luke: #Ravens linebacker Albert McClellan has also returned to practice for the first time since tearing his ACL last August.— WNST (@WNST) June 13, 2018
McClellan is a versatile player who head coach John Harbaugh can rely on. Whether it’s at linebacker or special teams, McClellan brings good depth to the defense and it’s a reason why the Ravens have always kept him around. Baltimore gave McClellan a two-year contract extension in 2014, then followed up again with another three-year deal after the first expired.
McClellan has been with the team since 2010 as he enters his ninth season. Over his career, Albert has notched 166 tackles, to go along with 3 sacks and 2 forced fumbles. He looks to re-enter the competition at linebacker as we enter training camp, especially on the inside next to C.J. Mosley. Patrick Onwuasor currently holds that spot. Baltimore however, have always seemed to find a way to get McClellan on the field in some capacity.