The Baltimore Ravens are re-signing veteran linebacker, Albert McClellan. The Ravens parted ways with McClellan in August when the team trimmed the roster down from 90 to 53 players. McClellan played for the Ravens since 2010, when he was signed by the team as an undrafted free agent. The decision to cut McClellan was difficult, but Baltimore felt that it was best to move on from the 32-year-old. However, after C.J. Mosley’s injury on Thursday night, which will likely keep him off the field for a few weeks, the Ravens needed to add another linebacker. Baltimore’s inside linebacker group was held down by Kenny Young and Patrick Onwuasor. Young, a rookie, and Onwuasor, a third-year player, do not have much experience, and therefore it is necessary to bring in someone who does.
It was especially apparent that an addition needed to be made after the Bengals began targeting the middle of the field after Mosley left the game. A.J. Green over the middle was seemingly unstoppable in the first half. Green scored on three consecutive passes. The inside linebackers Young and Onwuasor were simply abused by Green. It was not until the team matched Green up with Eric Weddle that the Bengals stopped scoring with Green. By adding McClellan to the roster, the Ravens look to prevent a similar incident happening again.
In order to add Albert McClellan to the roster, the Ravens needed to make room for him. Baltimore decided to place injured cornerback Maurice Canady on the injured reserve “IR”. Canady suffered an injury following Baltimore’s week one victory over the Buffalo Bills. Canady will be eligible to return to the field later in the season. For now, though, he will remain off the roster as he rehabilitates. The Ravens will likely activate cornerback Darious Williams in response. The undrafted free agent was able to earn a roster spot after Jimmy Smith’s suspension and Stanley Jean-Baptiste’s injury.