Placed on injured reserve yesterday, rookie defensive end Michael McAdoo says that he won't need surgery to repair any damage suffered to his injured knee.
"Just rehab," McAdoo said today in the Ravens' locker room.
Signed by the Ravens mid-way through the preseason after he went unselected in the supplemental draft, McAdoo made the team's 53-man roster out of camp.
He was declared a gameday inactive Sunday against the Steelers and will now head to injured reserve, ending his season before he got to appear in an NFL game.
"Everything happens for a reason," McAdoo said. "(The knee is) just kinda hurting me a little bit. But I'll bounce back and be alright.
"There wasn't an issue before I came in, but I guess getting back in the groove of things, and (the fact) I hadn't played in a year, it kinda sparked back up."
Forced to sit out his entire 2010 season at North Carolina after being declared ineligible by the NCAA, McAdoo's proverbial stock dropped in the eyes of NFL talent evaluators. Still, the Ravens took a chance on him, signing the 21-year-old in late-August, just a week and a half prior to final roster cuts.
McAdoo won't play a down for the Ravens this year, but he says he's still proud of the fact he broke camp with the team and spent a week on the 53-man roster.
"Sitting out a year, that was my biggest issue, because I was thinking nobody would give me a shot," McAdoo said. "(Teams thought,) 'He hasn't played in a year, I can go get somebody that played and ain't gonna have to learn as much.' But I thank the Baltimore Ravens for even giving me a chance to go out and show what I can do after a year off."
Now, McAdoo will get a year to sit in and study film with the rest of the defensive players, watch practices, and soak up what life as an NFL player is like. He'll then come back next season ready to compete for a roster spot.
What goals has McAdoo set for himself as he tries to improve during the rest of this season?
"Getting stronger, adding some weight, and just getting back into the groove of meetings and football knowledge," said the 6-foot-7, 245-lb. defensive end. "Being able to see different things before it's actually ran. Just getting the feel for the game."