Ravens rookie inside linebacker Arthur Brown continues to make steady progress as he recuperates from sports hernia surgery.

During a mandatory minicamp today, Brown was much more active and mobile than last week. He was primarily limited to individual drills.

Drafted in the second round after an All-American career at Kansas State, Brown is slated to compete for an immediate starting job at inside linebacker.

"That's the plan to make a step each day, each week and progressively get back into action," Brown said. "I'm more on schedule. We're seeing how I'm moving around. I can't simulate this. We're trying to figure out where I am."

Meanwhile, outside linebacker Albert McClellan continues to work on the side for the most part as he comes back from offseason shoulder surgery to repair a torn labrum. He's projected to return in time for training camp.

"Yeah, pretty much trying to get back in a groove," McClellan said. "I'll be ready without a doubt, no problem, no question. Everything's going according to plan. The hard part is getting in shape. Focusing on the reps, that's the key thing."

Last season, McClellan started a dozen games and recorded a career-high 42 tackles, one sack and two fumble recoveries as he primarily lined up at strongside (Sam) outside linebacker.

"My role is still going to be the same, playing sam and some inside, mainly on special teams," McClellan said. "I'm a jack of all trades. That's been my role and image since I've been here. It's going to be the same."

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