Jameel McClain returns to practice

October, 16, 2013
10/16/13
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OWINGS MILLS, Md. -- Inside linebacker Jameel McClain will practice for the first time since suffering a spinal cord contusion on Dec. 9, 2012.

McClain, who remains on the Physically Unable to Perform list, can be activated to play at any time. Under PUP rules, the Ravens have three weeks to decide whether to put him on the 53-man roster to keep him on PUP, which would sideline him for the rest of the season.

"I do not know what this means for this week, next week or the week after," coach John Harbaugh said. "We do know that within three weeks that we have to make a decision. We'll just have to see how it goes."

McClain, a three-year starter, was on injured reserve when the Ravens won the Super Bowl. He was hurt while attempting to tackle Washington Redskins running back Alfred Morris and felt his body go numb for a little bit after the hit.

The Ravens thought McClain could possibly come back by training camp, but his recovery was slower than expected.

"I'm coming back pissed off," McClain said. "They tried to take something away something I love, and I'm going to take something away from them."

An undrafted rookie, McClain became a full-time starter for the Ravens in 2010. Over the past three seasons, he averaged 83 tackles and has finished in the top three in tackles each season.

A reporter asked McClain if it's going to be hard to not think about the injury when he's on the field.

"First time I thought about it is when you said it," McClain said. "You can't go into a fight being scared."

Does McClain feel like he's ready to play?

"I felt ready two months ago," he said. "That decision is not mine."

Josh Bynes, who replaced McClain in the starting lineup this season, is dealing with a much less serious injury. He cut his finger a couple of weeks ago and it got infected. Bynes spent Tuesday night in the hospital but is expected to return to the team Wednesday afternoon.

Jamison Hensley

ESPN Ravens reporter

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