“That was a tough one,” defensive coordinator Don “Wink” Martindale said of the team’s decision to cut the popular linebacker. “I’m just going to miss him – period, like your kid goes off to college or something.”
McClellan joined the Ravens as an undrafted rookie in 2010 and became a key player on special teams. But because of his age (32), injury history (he missed all of last season with a torn right ACL) and salary ($1.25 million base), he became expendable with the emergence of undrafted rookie linebacker Chris Board.
In finalizing the season-opening 53-man roster, Harbaugh had said cutting McClellan was one of the harder decisions and that the team could bring him back later in the year.
The Ravens also announced Monday that they have put cornerback Maurice Canady (thigh) on injured reserve. The oft-injured Canady, whom Harbaugh praised through training camp, was hurt in Week 1 and missed Thursday’s game.