Jameel McClain injury update: Ravens LB will not have surgery

David Richard-US PRESSWIRE

Baltimore Ravens linebacker Jameel McClain will not require surgery as his spinal contusion is reportedly "resolving itself."

Baltimore Ravens linebacker Jameel McClain is unlikely to require surgery on the spinal cord contusion that cut short his 2012 season, according to Robert Klemko of USA Today. The issue is "resolving itself," which means that recovery is on track, presumably in line with the veteran linebacker's hopes to play next season.

McClain has started alongside Ray Lewis since 2011, and seemed to be the heir apparent to take over the primary inside linebacker role now that Lewis has called it a career, but the injury put him on the sidelines and there has been little information on him or his recovery.

He was injured on Dec. 9, so he missed the end of the Ravens' season and, of course, their run at the Super Bowl title. He was on the sidelines when the Ravens bested the San Francisco 49ers in the big game.

In 13 games last season, McClain had 57 solo tackles with 22 assists, three pass deflections and a fumble recovery. His primary role as the Ted linebacker is to eat up blockers and be a tackling force, and many felt he was really coming into his own since 2011.

If McClain is able to make a full recovery, especially without the need for surgery, he'll likely move right back into a starting role. The Ravens haven't signed a replacement for Lewis at this point, so the Mike and Ted linebacker spots will likely be down to McClain and a future signee or possibly even a rookie given the relatively strong inside linebacker draft class.

More from SB Nation:

NFL mock draft: Finally, some clarity

Rodgers vs. Matthews: Which Packer gets his extension first?

This is how Percy Harvin will help the Seahawks

Elvis Dumervil signs with Ravens

Mile High Report: Doom's day has come and gone

NFL Mock Draft: SB Nation bloggers are on the clock

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join SBNation.com

You must be a member of SBNation.com to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at SBNation.com. You should read them.

Join SBNation.com

You must be a member of SBNation.com to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at SBNation.com. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.