Baltimore Ravens coach John Harbaugh acknowledged that injured linebacker Jameel McClain's roster spot could eventually go to Ray Lewis, who could be activated this week from injured reserve with a designation to return.
The Ravens will play without Jameel McClain on Sunday against the Denver Broncos. The team's starting middle linebacker has a significant neck injury that he sustained against the Washington Redskins, coach John Harbaugh said today.
In his last day on the job before being fired Monday morning, Cam Cameron called one of his more effective games even though mounting behind-the-scenes discord led to his dismissal. With Vonta Leach plowing defenders and Ray Rice dancing upfield, the Ravens used its running game to pile up a season-high 186 yards.
Twelve games down. Four to go. Yes, we are at another quarter pole, so let's dig into the third quarter snap counts to see which trends have developed when it comes to playing time. These numbers, which come courtesy of the NFL, are pretty interesting due to the return of Terrell Suggs and injuries to other key Ravens players.
The reigning NFL Defensive Player of the Year didn't return, heading to the locker room for further examination during the final minutes of the Ravens' 23-20 loss against the Pittsburgh Steelers at M&T Bank Stadium.
But no player arguably misses Jarret Johnson more than outside linebacker Terrell Suggs, who, like Johnson, was drafted by the Ravens in 2003. Suggs, the rambunctious pass rusher, and Johnson, the cerebral run stopper, made an odd couple, but they were the closest of friends in the locker room.
Jarret Johnson was equally significant to the Ravens throughout much of the last decade. Drafted in the fourth round out of Alabama in 2003, Johnson, 31, started every game for the organization in his last four seasons, and his streak of 129 consecutive games played was the longest in team history.
At this point, none of the five have been ruled out for Sunday's game against the Oakland Raiders and Yanda, who had a magnetic resonance imaging test performed Monday that showed no structural damage, left little doubt that he'll play.
Now that the Ravens have officially finished up the first half of their schedule, let's take a look at the snap counts for their players over the first eight games of the season -- and since we last checked on these totals a month ago -- to see which new trends are developing. These official snap counts come courtesy of the NFL.
The Cleveland Browns have a game Sunday against the San Diego Chargers, so they won't turn their attention to preparing for the Nov. 4 matchup against the Ravens until early next week. When they do, Ravens inside linebacker Jameel McClain can already predict what they will be thinking.
Last week, Ravens coach John Harbaugh said he wouldn't know what to expect from linebacker Terrell Suggs if he played Sunday. Maybe he was being coy at the time, but he admitted on Monday that even he was surprised by how much Suggs played in his return from a torn right Achilles tendon. The reigning NFL Defensive Player of the Year played 44 of their defensive snaps -- or 55 percent of the plays.
In this game-day staple, blogger Matt Vensel makes four sometimes-courageous predictions for the game. All he asks is that you don't hold it against him whenever those predictions end up being embarrassingly wrong.
Terrell Suggs stepped out of a storm of speculation and into a semicircle of reporters Thursday, addressing the conflicting reports about whether he had decided to play Sunday against the Houston Texans. In his first public comments since training camp, he shot down a report that claimed that the plan was for his family to fly to Houston to watch him make his return. But he also didn't shoot down the possibility that he will play.
While there's no definitive answer on how the Ravens defense will fare for the remainder of the season without top cornerback Lardarius Webb, who tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee in Sunday¿s 31-29 win against the Dallas Cowboys, there is some history when the unit has been forced to play an extended period of time without 13-time Pro Bowler Ray Lewis, who tore his right triceps in the same contest.
The loss of Ray Lewis is compounded by the loss of $50 million cornerback Lardarius Webb with a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee, a season-ending injury that will be repaired soon by Dr. James Andrews.
As we await the results of an MRI that will determine if Ray Lewis out for the season with a triceps injury, there are plenty of questions that the Ravens must soon answer if the result confirms their worst fears. One of those questions is whether we will ever see Lewis scowling on a football field again. We may not know what the future holds for Lewis for a while. Regardless, there are pressing concerns about how the Ravens will fare the rest of this season without Lewis patrolling the middle of their reeling defense.
The Ravens like players who are versatile, and Albert McClellan is their type of player. McClellan, who went undrafted in 2010, spent most of last season playing inside linebacker and earned his first career start filling in for Ray Lewis in the team's 16-6 victory over the San Francisco 49ers on Thanksgiving night.