McClellan told police the woman tripped over her own feet and fell to the ground.

McClellan was arrested for battery and assault. According to the police report, he "unlawfully pushed the victim against her will and threw a lamp at her causing her to be in fear for her physical safety."

McClellan's agent, Glenn Lansky, predicted that the case will be resolved soon.

"The alleged victim has already filed a request not to prosecute, and we are confident that when all the facts are brought to light Albert's good, clean name will be restored," Lansky said in a telephone interview. "Albert has always shown himself to be honest and forthcoming and we truly believe that any and all allegations will be disposed of favorably for Albert. Because this is a pending case, Albert will have no comment at this time."

Lansky indicated that McClellan and he immediately informed the Ravens about the arrest earlier this summer.

"The Ravens are aware of it, the coaches are aware of it and they expect big things out of Albert this year," Lansky said. "He should have a great season this year and is excited about how things are going up there."

Under the NFL personal-conduct policy, McClellan is regarded as unlikely to face discipline from the league in the form of a fine or a suspension unless he's convicted of a crime.

McClellan, 26, is heading into his third NFL season. The 6-foot-2, 245-pound linebacker led the Ravens with a dozen special teams tackles last season.

He has started all three preseason games this month and is listed first on the depth chart at rush outside linebacker.

He started one game on defense against the San Francisco 49ers and recorded a career-high four tackles.

McClellan made the Ravens' practice squad two years ago as an undrafted free agent rookie out of Marshall, where he was an All-Conference USA selection and the conference's defensive Most Valuable Player.

He finished his college career with 230 tackles, 39 1/2 for losses, 19 1/2 sacks, seven forced fumbles and one fumble recovery.

awilson@baltsun.com