Owings Mills, MD (Sports Network) - Baltimore Ravens linebacker Jameel
McClain will not play in the team's upcoming showdown with the Denver Broncos
due to a neck injury he sustained in Sunday's game against Washington.
McClain left Baltimore's 31-28 overtime loss to the Redskins in the second
half and is undergoing further tests to determine the severity of his
The five-year pro has started 45 consecutive contests for the Ravens and had
never missed a game since joining the team as an undrafted free agent in 2008.
McClain's 79 tackles ranks second among Baltimore defenders this season.
The Ravens have been hit hard by injuries at the inside linebacker position
all throughout 2012. Perennial Pro Bowl honoree Ray Lewis has been out since
Week 6 with a torn triceps, while replacement Dannell Ellerbe has been
inactive for the last two games with an ankle problem.
Lewis, Baltimore's designated to return player on injured reserve, did resume
practicing last week and is considered a possibility to be back in the lineup
when the Ravens host the Broncos on Sunday in a matchup of current AFC
The Ravens could also be without right guard Marshal Yanda for Sunday's clash
after the 2011 Pro Bowl selection sprained his right ankle against Washington.
Veteran Bobbie Williams would likely start the Denver game if Yanda cannot
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