The Baltimore Ravens have had their fair share of injuries to key players over the last couple of years, and the trend continues entering the 2013 season with inside linebacker Jameel McClain and right guard Marshal Yanda on the PUP list.
McClain is still recovering from a spinal cord injury he suffered in week 14 of last season. But contrary to popular belief, the Ravens seem to be in good position at inside linebacker with second round draft pick Arthur Brown in the fold and Daryl Smith coming in from the Jacksonville Jaguars. Adding Brown and Smith to the inside linebacker spot has helped McClain ease back into shape, but McClain is doing the best he can to get back onto the field as soon as possible.
“I’m in shape, I’m working hard, I’m trimming up and getting ready for the season,” McClain noted to The Baltimore Sun earlier in July. “It’s time for gametime. It’s in the doctors’ hands. ”
As for Yanda, the veteran is still recovering from shoulder surgery in the offseason. Yanda played through the injury last season according to the team’s website.
“We expect him back by camp to some degree,” Ravens head coach John Harbaugh noted in June. “Marshal Yanda has done a great job with the rehab. He’s right on schedule, probably ahead of schedule.”
In Yanda’s case, I would hope that his injury isn’t too serious. The Ravens offensive line proved to be valuable during the postseason, and I can’t remember a time where the offensive line played that well in playoff games in the Ravens’ franchise history.
That’s saying a lot given the fact that the Ravens’ legendary left tackle Jonathan Ogden anchored the line for years from 1996 through 2007 and is on his way to Canton in August.
If the Ravens are to contend this coming season for a Super Bowl appearance, they need their offensive line to duplicate their performance in the playoffs.