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Ravens LB Jameel McClain Optimistic About Return To Football
Ravens linebacker Jameel McClain has no restrictions on his workout regimen and is upbeat about his ability to return to football according to Aaron Wilson of the Baltimore Sun. McClain suffered a spinal cord contusion in a game in December and has not yet been medically clear to play football.
McClain expects to be cleared before the start of the 2013 season and is running and lifting weights at the team training complex in the meantime, when asked if he's confident that he'll be able to resume his career after getting hurt last season against the Washington Redskins, McClain replied: "If you don't believe in yourself, who else will? Fortunately, this is a good situation for me. Everything is going the way it should."
The injury did not require surgery but the severity and location of the spinal injury initially created doubt about his future in the NFL. "I'm doing good, I'm doing great," he said. "I'm running around full speed, working out, lifting weights with no problems, nothing on my end. I can do everything." McClain recently went to Los Angeles for a week to work out with a special trainer to aid in his rehabilitation from the injury. "That was a great experience to get to work with him on a lot of techniques for how to put myself in a great position every time," McClain said. "That experience was definitely useful. I'm going to go back out there to make I'm sure I'm keeping up with the technique."
Ravens coach John Harbaugh is cautiously optimistic about McClain's prospects of regaining his health and getting back on the field, where the defending Super Bowl champions need him at inside linebacker following Ray Lewis' retirement and Dannell Ellerbe signing with the Miami Dolphins during free agency. "That will be important for him," Harbaugh said recently. "But it's just the healing process. There's a certain type of a bruise that happens that caused his issue, but it's going away, on schedule. We don't know for sure, but I'm approaching it as if Jameel is going to be out."
Source: The Redzone
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