Ravens starting inside linebacker Jameel McClain is upbeat about his medical outlook and has no restrictions on his exercise regimen as he continues to make steady progress in his recovery from a spinal cord contusion suffered in December.
McClain is still awaiting full medical clearance to resume playing football again, but expects that to happen before next season. He's been running and lifting weights, working out at the Ravens' training complex.
"I'm doing good, I'm doing great," McClain told The Baltimore Sun. "I'm running around full speed, working out, lifting weights with no problems, nothing on my end. I can do everything. Everything is positive on my end."
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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."
Although the injury didn't require surgery, it has prevented McClain from being cleared medically yet with rest and strengthening expected to eventually get him back on the field. The severity and location of the injury initially created doubt about his future.
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 there."