Ravens officially place McClain on PUP list

The Baltimore Ravens placed inside linebacker Jameel McClain on the regular-season Physically Unable to Perform (PUP) list on Tuesday as the team trimmed the roster to get down to the league limit of 75 players.

The move with McClain was long expected and means he will miss at least the first six weeks of the season. McClain, a three-year starter, missed the final three regular-season games as well as all of the postseason with a spinal cord contusion. He hasn't been cleared for football activities, but coach John Harbaugh hasn't ruled him out for the season.

The Ravens are expected to start Daryl Smith and Josh Bynes at inside linebacker. Rookie second-round pick Arthur Brown is a top backup at the inside linebacker spot.

Baltimore cleared up another roster spot by placing rookie sixth-round pick Kapron Lewis-Moore on the reserve Non-Football Injury list, which will sideline the defensive end for at least the first six weeks of the regular season. Lewis-Moore has yet to practice for the Ravens after tearing his ACL in the BCS National Championship game in January.

Both players are eligible to start practicing on Oct. 15 after the Week 6 game against the Green Bay Packers.