The Ravens have reinstated linebacker Rolando McClain from the reserve/retired list, tweets Adam Caplan of ESPN.com. McClain has not seen the gridiron since November 25, 2012 when he faced the Bengals as a member of the Raiders.
McClain, the No. 8 overall pick in the 2010 draft, has yet to realize his potential, to say the least. Despite his physical gifts, McClain has been unable to put it all together on the football field thanks to poor decision making and inconsistent effort. Off the field, he has had several run-ins with the law, including a gun charge in late 2011.
Yesterday we heard that McClain had a workout with the Ravens and it went poorly, to say the least. The 24-year-old (25 in July) was unable to finish his conditioning test and didn’t participate in some of the drills the team put him through. McClain’s reinstatement is far from a guarantee that he’ll be in purple and black in 2014, but it does leave the door open. As Jeff Zrebiec of the Baltimore Sun (on Twitter) notes, the move will allow him to take part in the Ravens’ offseason workouts, which start on Monday.