On the heels of Sunday’s first round of roster cuts, the Ravens have officially sidelined linebacker Jameel McClain and defensive lineman Kapron Lewis-Moore for at least the first six weeks of the regular season.
McClain was placed on the physically unable to perform list with a spinal cord contusion that has bothered him since late last season. Lewis-Moore, who was selected in the sixth round of this year’s draft, was placed on the reserve/non-football injury list. He has not appeared in any of Baltimore’s preseason games because of the knee injury.
McClain has not played since Week 14 last season (Dec. 9 at Washington), hasn’t participated in training camp and the team wants to hold him out until the injury is completely resolved.
The move proves that the Ravens haven’t yet ruled McClain out this year. If they had, he would’ve likely been placed on season-ending injured reserve.
The team had hoped the bruise would’ve cleared up by now and that McClain would be slotted as one of the starting inside linebackers. Many viewed him as the heir to Ray Lewis. But under-the-radar signing Daryl Smith appears to have assumed that mantle with a standout preseason, lessening the blow of losing McClain long term.
The moves get the Ravens’ roster where it needs to be today, under 75 players. Both will be eligible to return for the Oct. 20 road game at the Pittsburgh Steelers.